Haryana farmers’ protests remain peaceful with no incidents of violence
The farmers had blocked highways in Haryana by parking their cars and tractors on roads.Updated: Sep 25, 2020, 15:01 IST
The farmers’ protests in Haryana, called in response to the shutdown call given by a group of farmers organisations, has remained peaceful so far with no major incidents of violence reported till Friday afternoon.
The impact of protests was seen in small towns and big cities of Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Kaithal and Panipat districts in varying degrees.
In the first half, the protests received good response in the rural areas as most of the highways connecting northern districts remained blocked, forcing the authorities to divert the traffic to the small link roads.
But, the protesting farmers got a mixed response in cities as most of the shops in cities like Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Kaithal remained open even as the farmers took out protest marches and requested the shopkeepers to support their agitation.
As of now, no incident of violence has been reported as the protests remained peaceful. Heavy police deployment has been made at the protest spots. The protesting farmers burnt the copies of the farm reform bills passed by the Parliament in Kurukshetra and Kaithal.
The movement of traffic on the busy NH44, popularly known as Delhi-Chandigarh national highway, remained normal in the morning but was later diverted to the Ladwa-Babain-Shahab highway from Kurukshetra’s Pipli to avoid traffic snarls, following reports of protests in neighbouring Punjab.
Kurukshetra DSP Ravinder Singh Tomar said the movement of traffic on the GT Road was affected at Haryana-Punjab border in Ambala. He said that the traffic will remain diverted till the traffic movement returned to normal in Punjab.