Haryana: Farmers hold protest march against agriculture ordinances

Haryana: Farmers hold protest march against agriculture ordinances


KURUKSHETRA: Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (BKU) Haryana unit launched its state-level protest against three agriculture ordinances of the Centre and marched towards Pipli grain market from different parts of Ambala, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar to hold ‘Kisan Bachao Mandi Bachao’ rally despite ban by the district administration on Thursday.
Several labourer and arhtiya (commission agents) associations also extended their support to the farmers and protested with them.
Thousands of farmers under led by their district chiefs blocked the National Highway-44 GT Road while maintaining a stance to reach Pipli for holding the rally.
The farmers on tractor-trolleys, trucks, cars, and on feet thronged the main roads in the region while marching towards Kurukshetra.
Police used mild force to disperse the farmers at Pipli on NH 44 near bus stand after they broke the blockades and clashed with the police. However, the police and administration did not allow their movement towards Pipli.
Harpal Sudhal, a BKU leader from Yamunanagar who was stopped at a blockade by police on Yamunanagar-Kurukshetra state highway was heard requesting the farmers to maintain peace and not to clash with police or administration.
“I request to all the farmers not to create any kind of ruckus and cooperate in maintaining peace. No farmer shall clash with police or administrative officials and should maintain a peaceful protest.”
Senior Congress leaders, including Ashok Arora from Thanesar and Ladwa MLA Mewa Singh sat on a protest at Pipli and raised slogans against the ruling government.
Ashok Arora said, “BJP is killing democracy by suppressing the voice of the farmers who are protesting against the agriculture ordinances.”
Kurukshetra superintendent of police Astha Modi said, “As many as 54 nakas (checking posts) have been placed in Kurukshetra to check entry and we are not allowing farmers to gather at grain market in Pipli.”
Notable, on Wednesday, Kurukshetra district administration had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC and banned gathering of five or more persons at Pipli grain market.



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