Farmers block highway Near Delhi

Chandigarh, Mar 06 (PTI):
Farmers protesting the Centre’s three farm laws on Saturday blocked the six-lane Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP) Expressway at some places in Haryana to mark the completion of 100 days of their agitation at the Delhi borders. The road blockade began at 11 am and continued till 4 pm. Farmers holding black flags and wearing black armbands and some women protesters with black ‘dupattas’ shouted slogans against the BJP-led government for not acceding to their demands. Protesters in Sonipat and Jhajjar districts and some other places brought their tractor-trolleys and other vehicles and parked them in the middle of the KMP Expressway in some stretches. The Haryana Police had made arrangements for traffic diversions and deployed adequate personnel. The call for blocking the expressway was given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of protesting farmer unions which is spearheading the agitation against the legislations. Protesting farmers squatted on the expressway and criticised the Narendra Modi government for not withdrawing the farm legislations, which they called as “black laws”. “Our agitation against the three farm laws will continue unless the Centre withdraws these laws. We will not step back,” said a protester in Sonipat. Farmers held protest at the KMP Expressway near Mandothi village in Jhajjar district. Some people from nearby villages joined them.
“We are holding our protest in a peaceful manner, said a farmer, adding that they were also observing black day on Saturday.
Protesting farmers said the government should withdraw these laws.
Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal, while addressing a gathering on the KMP Expressway, asked the Modi government to withdraw these laws.
This agitation will certainly put pressure on the central government, he said.
Farmers claimed that their five-hour protest remained peaceful.
Sonipat Superintendent of Police Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said arrangements were made for traffic diversions.
Heavy vehicles were diverted from Panipat and others from Ganaur to Delhi, said officials.
Traffic was also diverted from Murthal via Sonipat city to Narela and Bawana and from Bahadurgarh to Baghpat, they said.
Officials said traffic resumed at KMP expressway after famers lifted their blockade at 4 pm.
In Palwal district also, farmers staged a ‘dharna’.
At some places in Haryana, farmers even put up black flags atop roof of their houses as a mark of their protest against the government for not withdrawing the farm laws.

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