Photos: Farmers’ “Chakka Jam” protest passes without incident

  • A nationwide call for a three-hour chakka jam (traffic halt) on February 6 by farm unions protesting against the three agricultural laws evoked large response in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, even as symbolic road blockades were held in other parts of the country. For 72 days, farm unions have camped outside Delhi demanding repeal of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, which farmers say favour big corporations.
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Demonstrators raising slogans on a blocked stretch of the Bathinda to Amritsar (NH7) highway at Kanhaiya Chowk during the three hour “Chakka Jam” against new farm laws, on February 6. Thousands of farmers across the country blocked roads with vehicles and boulders to demand a repeal of the three laws, with no major incidents of violence being reported.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT Photo)

Demonstrators raising slogans on a blocked stretch of the Bathinda to Amritsar (NH7) highway at Kanhaiya Chowk during the three hour “Chakka Jam” against new farm laws, on February 6. Thousands of farmers across the country blocked roads with vehicles and boulders to demand a repeal of the three laws, with no major incidents of violence being reported.(Sanjeev Kumar / HT Photo)

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Protesters of various affiliations take part in the “Chakka Jam” protest in support of farmers, outside Kurla station in Mumbai on February 6. The three hour protest was scheduled between 12pm and 3pm.(Pratik Chorghe / HT Photo)

Protesters of various affiliations take part in the “Chakka Jam” protest in support of farmers, outside Kurla station in Mumbai on February 6. The three hour protest was scheduled between 12pm and 3pm.(Pratik Chorghe / HT Photo)

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A traffic jam stretches out on the Delhi-Chandigarh Highway during the “Chakka Jam”, on February 6. Shouting slogans against the Centre and the three farm laws, many farmers parked their tractor-trailers and blocked roads in Punjab and Haryana, impacting highways including Chandigarh-Zirakpur, Amritsar-Pathankot, Tarn Taran-Kapurthala, Ferozepur-Fazilka, Muktsar-Kotkapura, Bathinda-Chandigarh, Ludhiana-Jalandhar, Panchkula-Pinjore and Ambala-Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar / HT Photo)

A traffic jam stretches out on the Delhi-Chandigarh Highway during the “Chakka Jam”, on February 6. Shouting slogans against the Centre and the three farm laws, many farmers parked their tractor-trailers and blocked roads in Punjab and Haryana, impacting highways including Chandigarh-Zirakpur, Amritsar-Pathankot, Tarn Taran-Kapurthala, Ferozepur-Fazilka, Muktsar-Kotkapura, Bathinda-Chandigarh, Ludhiana-Jalandhar, Panchkula-Pinjore and Ambala-Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar / HT Photo)

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Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait gestures towarsds police personnel deployed during the “Chakka Jam” strike, at Ghazipur in New Delhi on February 6. At the three border points – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – the protests remained peaceful after farm leaders repeatedly told the protesters not to cross the barricades to enter Delhi. The Delhi Police have placed multiple layers of barricades at the borders to ensure that the protesters do not drive their tractors into the national capital.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo)

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait gestures towarsds police personnel deployed during the “Chakka Jam” strike, at Ghazipur in New Delhi on February 6. At the three border points – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – the protests remained peaceful after farm leaders repeatedly told the protesters not to cross the barricades to enter Delhi. The Delhi Police have placed multiple layers of barricades at the borders to ensure that the protesters do not drive their tractors into the national capital.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo)

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Delhi turned into a virtual fortress amid heavy deployment of security forces as farmers held demonstrations in neighbouring states. At places such as India Gate, Red Fort, and residences of the Prime Minister and President, police were on high alert. At India Gate, along with the riot control force, the police also stationed water cannons for emergency use. Entry and exit at many Delhi Metro stations was also shut.(HT Photo)

Delhi turned into a virtual fortress amid heavy deployment of security forces as farmers held demonstrations in neighbouring states. At places such as India Gate, Red Fort, and residences of the Prime Minister and President, police were on high alert. At India Gate, along with the riot control force, the police also stationed water cannons for emergency use. Entry and exit at many Delhi Metro stations was also shut.(HT Photo)

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Farmers on Kundli–Manesar–Palwal (KMP) Expressway during the hours of the “Chakka Jam,” in Haryana on February 6. Farmers also squatted on roads in Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other states with flags and banners protesting against the laws.(Ajay Aggarwal / HT Photo)

Farmers on Kundli–Manesar–Palwal (KMP) Expressway during the hours of the “Chakka Jam,” in Haryana on February 6. Farmers also squatted on roads in Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other states with flags and banners protesting against the laws.(Ajay Aggarwal / HT Photo)

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Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) activists burning tyres to block NH-30 during the Chakka Jam in Patna. In other parts of the country, scores of protesters were held briefly by police as they stalled traffic on roads in Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. However, no untoward incident was reported during the protests across the states.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)

Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) activists burning tyres to block NH-30 during the Chakka Jam in Patna. In other parts of the country, scores of protesters were held briefly by police as they stalled traffic on roads in Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. However, no untoward incident was reported during the protests across the states.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)

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Protesters shouting slogans at a roadblock in Chennai on February 6. The Congress and Left parties, too, held protests in some states in support of the “chakka jam” called by the farmer unions.(Arun Sankar / AFP)

Protesters shouting slogans at a roadblock in Chennai on February 6. The Congress and Left parties, too, held protests in some states in support of the “chakka jam” called by the farmer unions.(Arun Sankar / AFP)

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Police detaining a protesting farmer belonging to the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) during a demonstration in Tumkur district, Karnataka on February 6. The government and farm unions have not been able to find a solution to the stand-off over 11 rounds of talks, and the farmers have rejected a proposal by the Centre to put the laws on hold for 18 months.(Manjunath Kiran / AFP)

Police detaining a protesting farmer belonging to the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) during a demonstration in Tumkur district, Karnataka on February 6. The government and farm unions have not been able to find a solution to the stand-off over 11 rounds of talks, and the farmers have rejected a proposal by the Centre to put the laws on hold for 18 months.(Manjunath Kiran / AFP)

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