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Hundreds of protesting BKU supporters block traffic on Pipli chowk

chandigarh Updated: Mar 01, 2012 19:19 IST
Vishal Joshi

Traffic on the Delhi and Saharanpur roads was disrupted as hundreds of supporters of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) blocked the Pipli chowk on Thursday evening.

Farmers had courted arrest this afternoon after they staged a protest rally in support of the demands of farmers, at new grain market, Pipli. Reports said that farmers were gathering in large numbers at Shahbad and Ladwa towns about 20 kms and 18 kms, respectively from here.

Farmers were taken to police lines and in the evening, they started moving towards the National Highway no-1 and blocked the traffic at about 4.38 pm. Raising slogans, farmers soon blocked roads leading to Saharanpur and Kurukshetra by squatting and parking their tractors in the middle of the roads.

Sensing trouble, the district administration had deployed heavy posse of police and they too, were caught unawares at the sudden movement of farmers from the police lines. The deputy commissioner Mandeep Brar and superintendent of police Parul Kush Jain reached the spot and invited the senior BKU leaders including BKU national spokesman Rakesh Tikait, Gurnam Singh and Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, BKU presidents respectively, from Haryana and Punjab to the PWD Rest house for talks.

Till the time of filing the report, the administration had failed to pursue the farers leaders to lift the blockade.