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22 key roads blocked in Karnal, Kaithal

Tribune News Service

Karnal, February 6

Farmers from Karnal and Kaithal districts on Saturday parked their tractor-trailers in the middle of roads and raised slogans against the Centre during a three-hour "chakka jam" agitation.

In Karnal, the protesters blocked 12 key roads, while 10 routes were blocked in Kaithal. Although the protest remained peaceful, commuters had to face hardships. The police had made traffic diversions and commuters had to cover extra distance to reach their destinations. A large number of heavy vehicles were seen stranded on NH-44 between Unchasamana and Kutail. "We were stopped by the police and not allowed to go ahead due to the blockade," said Nasib Singh, a truck driver from Mohali, who was going to Delhi.

Several farmers joined the protest at the Bastara toll plaza on National Highway-44 and raised anti-government slogans. "We are protesting peacefully and the government should accept our demands," said Jagdeep Singh Aulakh, a member of the core committee of the BKU (Charuni).

Traffic was also blocked on the Karnal-Kaithal road in Nissing, Karnal-Indri road at Ramba, Nilokheri-Dhand road at Nigdhu main chowk,

Karnal-Assandh road near the grain market, Indri-Garhibirbal road near the Biana grain market, Indri-Kurukshetra road near Bhadson, Karnal-Jind National Highway-709A, Karnal-Dhand road at Kachwa, Karnal-Meerut road at Nagla chowk, Munak-Assandh, near Ballah and Assandh road, near Dupehri, said Rampal Chahal, a farmer leader.

In Kaithal, farmers staged dharnas on the Hisar-Chandigarh road, near Titram Mor, and the Karnal-Kurukshetra road.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the farmers' protest remained peaceful and no incident of disturbance in law and order was reported. "I appreciate the efforts of the authorities for ensuring a peaceful agitation," Khattar added.

from The Tribune

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