Punjab, Haryana farmers break through police barricades to enter Chandigarh
On Saturday afternoon, farmers from Punjab broke police barricades on the Mohali-Chandigarh border to march into state capital Chandigarh en route to Punjab Raj Bhawan. Around the same time, another group of farmers from Haryana was headed for the Union Territory from the Panchkula-Yamunanagar highway. They were stopped at the Chandigarh border. They submitted memorandums to officials from the Governor house before returning home.
To mark seven months of the farm agitation, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha called for a protest. Police had issued advisory to avoid certain routes in view of the protest but the traffic came to a standstill in the city.
From 10am, the Chandigarh Police closed 13 entry points into the city. However, the farmers rode through without much resistance. At one of the points, farmers movement prompted the police to use water cannons to keep the farmers at bay. This incident took place near the Sector-43 Inter-State Bus Terminus. Still the farmers managed to enter the city with the help of tractors.
By 2pm, the farmers coming from Mohali reached Sectors 17 and 22 which are the heart of the city. The area was barricaded to prevent them from reaching the area. Both the governors live near Sukhna Lake at the northern end of the city.
Punjab farmers collected in Sector 17 and submitted a memorandum to Chandigarh DC. On the other hand, the group from Haryana did not enter Chandigarh and handed over a memorandum to an official from Governor office at Chandigarh entry point. The Haryana group was being led by activist Yogendra Yadav and Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union president Gurnam Singh Chaduni.
After submitting the memorandum, many farmers went back on their own while some were dropped in buses till the Chandigarh border.
The police informed that no untoward incident was reported.