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Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Patiala Bar Assn, students extend support

Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 8

The bandh call given by farmers evoked a huge response in Patiala as people came together to protest in solidarity with the farmers across the district.

Residents and commuters were inconvenienced as the protesters had blocked roads and highways.

Shopkeepers and market association members gathered at Qila Chowk and sang religious hymns as a mark of protest.

A procession, supported by residents of the area, continued till Anardana Chowk.

Rakesh Gupta, president of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, said: "Our association members supported the bandh call and took part in the protest. People kept their shops and businesses shut for the day."

The Patiala Bar Association also supported the bandh call and carried out a march from the district courts to the Mall Road. They said they would provide all legal support to protesting farmers whenever required.

Professors, Class-A officers, pensioners and students of Punjabi University supported the bandh call and shut the main gates of the university.

They raised slogans against the Centre. They said: "The government should understand the concerns of the farmers and repeal the farm laws."

Employees of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited also participated in a protest that was led by the PSEB Employees' Joint Forum, the Technical Services Union and the PSEB Employees Federation (Bhardwaj).

Ambulances were allowed to cross the road blockades, but others were forced to explain reasons for their commute.

Several commuters had to take alternative routes to reach their respective destinations.

from The Tribune

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