Punjab farmers modify plan, to march to Delhi via alternative routes besides Haryana highways

Updated on Nov 26, 2020 04:28 PM IST
While BKU Ekta-Ugrahan and Sidhupur factions are camping on the border at Khanauri and Moonak in Sangrur, Kirti Kisan Union, BKU Rajewal and Kadian are heading for entry points from neighbouring Patiala district.
After Haryana Police blocked their entry at Khanauri border in Sangrur district on Wednesday, Punjab’s farmers have decided to undertake the Delhi Chalo march through other routes besides trying to enter through the highway again on Thursday.(Avtar Singh/HT)
After Haryana Police blocked their entry at Khanauri border in Sangrur district on Wednesday, Punjab’s farmers have decided to undertake the Delhi Chalo march through other routes besides trying to enter through the highway again on Thursday.(Avtar Singh/HT)
Hindustan Times, Sangrur | ByAvtar Singh

After their Delhi Chalo march to protest the Centre’s farm laws came a cropper due to heavy barricading by Haryana Police on Wednesday, Punjab’s farmer unions have changed their strategy of taking only the highways to the national capital. They plan to enter Haryana through other routes on Thursday morning.

While activists of the Bharti Kisan Union Ekta-Ugrahan and Sidhupur factions have been camping on the Punjab-Haryana border at Khanauri and Moonak, respectively, in Sangrur district since Wednesday evening, other farmer unions have changed their plans and decided to head for Delhi from other entry points.

Members of the Kirti Kisan Union, BKU Kadian and Rajewal factions plan to assemble at Mastuana Sahib in Sangrur and head for Shambhu border at 11am.

“Members of the BKU Ekta-Ugrahan and Sidhupur have already occupied borders in Sangrur so we have decided to march to the Shambhu border in neighbouring Patiala,” said Bhupinder Singh Longowal, a state committee member of the Kirti Kisan Union.

Gurmeet Singh Bhattiwal, the district chief of BKU Dakaunda, said that their cadre and other farmer outfits will march to Haryana on the Samana-Chika route from Patiala district.

Gobinder Singh, the Sangrur block chief of BKU Ugrahan, said 80 tractor-trailers and 10 buses will head for Khanauri border where farmers will make a determined bid to enter Haryana en route to the national capital.

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