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Friday, 27 November 2020

In Karnal Panipat, barricades breached

Tribune News Service
Karnal, November 26

After crossing two barricades in Ambala and Shahabad on Wednesday, thousands of farmers led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) (Charuni) president Gurnam Singh Charuni overpowered one of the strongest barricades installed by Karnal and Panipat police here at Karan Lake on NH-44.

The barricades had three layers. One of police personnel, second one of six to seven trucks which were parked on the bridge of Western Yamuna Canal to stop the movement of farmers, followed by barricades of stones and iron. But these proved insufficient in stopping the farmers.

Despite the use of water cannon and tear gas, farmers continued their journey to Delhi against the three agricultural laws.

They raised slogans against PM Narendra Modi and CM Manohar Lal Khattar.

After spending the night at Samanabahu, farmers started their journey at around 10 am from Samanabahu. To give the police force the slip, farmers once left their trolleys in the middle and started moving on bikes. Later, they called up their tractor trolleys and assembled near Karan Lake barricades at noon.

After taking langar and holding a meeting of the core committee, the farmers decided to break the barricades as they had done in Ambala and Kurukshetra districts.

They started their march at 1.45 pm and after the call of the core committee of moving ahead, the farmers started their march. Once, they removed the trucks parked on the road with the help of tractors and later, they lifted barricades of stones and iron. It took around 35 minutes to remove the barricades.

They crossed Karan Lake barricades at 2.25 pm and stayed at Baldi bypass Karnal Gurdwara. After having tea, they proceeded further.

At 4.50 pm, they reached Bastara toll plaza where members of Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti joined the march. They entered Panipat district around 5.40 pm.

Nishant Kumar Yadav, DC, said, "We have captured the whole incident and action will be taken against those who broke the 'naka'."

Panipat: Farmers from Gohana reached Panipat after breaking open the barricading of the Panipat police at five places. Meanwhile, farmers on eight tractor-trolleys came from Gohana side and the police tried in vain to stop them near Shahpur village.


26 protesters detained at Sampla

A group of farmers owing allegiance to the All-India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) that was marching towards Delhi was taken into custody by the police near Sampla township in Rohtak district. AIKS Rohtak unit vice-president Capt Shamsher Singh said the police deployed near the toll plaza used force on the peacefully marching farmers and manhandled even the girls, women and elderly persons participating in the march. The Kisan Sabha's district secretary Sumit Singh stated that as many as 26 persons had been taken into custody by the police near Sampla toll plaza.

Poor response in Rohtak, Jhajjar

The protest by farmers evoked a poor response in Rohtak and Jhajjar districts on Thursday, with only a few peasants joining the agitation. Though leaders of the Congress and INLD had extended their support to farmers, no prominent leader of either party was seen during the protests in both districts. State Congress spokesperson Krishan Murti Hooda slammed the state government for using water cannons on protesting farmers and placing blockades on highways to stop farmers from marching to Delhi.

from The Tribune

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