Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 25
Amid heavy police deployment, Haryana farmers led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) began their march to Delhi on Wednesday. Initially deciding to camp in Kurukshetra’s Pipli for the night, they resumed their march to Karnal later in the evening on tractor-trailers and bikes, and some on foot.
Earlier in the day, the farmers broke barricades in Ambala and near Shahbad in Kurukshetra. The police used water cannons to disperse them. Changing their strategy, they began their march from Ambala’s Mohra mandi instead of the Shambhu border in view of the heavy police deployment on the Punjab-Haryana border.
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Section 144 was imposed in districts along NH-44, including Karnal, Sonepat and Rohtak. Commuters had a tough time due to rigorous checking at all entry and exit points, especially in Ambala and on the Sonepat-Delhi stretch.
With the entry points sealed, the authorities were able to prevent Punjab farmers from entering Haryana. “We have not used force though adequate arrangements are in place to deal with any eventuality. With police personnel fanned out along strategic routes, we are trying our best to ensure that the public is not put to any inconvenience,” ADGP (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk said. The CTU has suspended bus service to Haryana and Delhi till November 27.