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Thursday, 28 January 2021

Toll plazas resume on KMP, KGP eways

Tribune News Service

Ambala, January 27

After remaining closed for more than a month, the toll plazas on the KMP expressway, KGP expressway and the National Highway-19 (Mathura road) in Palwal's Tumsura village resumed operations today.

The toll collection in Palwal had been suspended after farmers sat on dharna at Antoha village in protest against the Centre's new farm laws.

In Ambala, the police tried to persuade farmers protesting at a toll plaza near the Shambhu border to lift the dharna. Farmers, however, refused.

BKU (Charuni) district vice-president Gulab Singh said, "We will continue to camp at the toll plaza until the farm laws are withdrawn. The authorities may try to remove farmers forcibly from toll plazas."

At the Saini Majra toll plaza, farmers ended the siege in the afternoon, but took charge of the toll plaza later and said they would continue to protest.

Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chamukalan said, "When police reached the toll plaza in the afternoon, the number of farmers were fewer. Outnumbered, they lifted the dharna. As we received information about the development, we reached the toll plaza and took charge again."

Sultan Singh, DSP (Headquarters), said: "Farmers are returning home. The police are keeping tabs on the situation. The toll plazas are yet to become operational."

In Kurukshetra, the police made efforts to persuade protesters to end the dharna at the Pehowa toll plaza, but they refused point blank.

Superintendent of Police Himanshu Garg said, "The police are in dialogue with farmers."

In Gurugram, the Kherki Daula toll plaza remained shut from Tuesday morning till evening as a precautionary measure.

Toll plazas in Murthal, Panipat and Bastara continued to remain non-operational today as well.

No impact of farmers' agitation has been seen in Faridabad to date. The toll collection at the three plazas in the district was never suspended.

Meanwhile, long traffic jams were witnessed on the NH-44 as farmers returned from Delhi. Hundreds of vehicles remained stuck in the jam for hours. The police had a tough time in managing traffic.

Langar sewa ends

  • Members of gurdwara committees on Wednesday ended the langar sewa on the NH-44 following an the appeal from the Karnal district administration
  • The decision was taken following a visit by Karnal DC Nishant Kumar Yadav, who asked langer organisers to end their sewa at the Bastara toll plaza as there were reports that tension might escalate.
  • "The decision was taken following reports that some miscreants allegedly pelted stones on farmers coming from Delhi on Wednesday morning," the DC said.


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