Farmers intensify protests, water cannons used at activists

Chandigarh: Water cannons were used to stop Punjab Youth Congress activists from entering the state through Ambala during a tractor rally against the Centre’s farm-related Bills.

The police stopped the Youth Congress activists at the heavily barricaded entrance to Haryana who were going to Delhi through the Chandigarh-Delhi highway.

The situation at the Haryana-Punjab border turned tense as the protesters remained adamant to continue their march towards the national capital.

Some activists tried to set a tractor on fire after the march was stopped.

The Haryana Police denied permission to the Youth Congress workers, saying they would not allow the traffic movement on the national highway to be disrupted and also cited the coronavirus restrictions.

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After being denied permission to enter Haryana, the Youth Congress activists terminated their protest at the site.

Vehicular traffic was disrupted on the highway. However, there was no blockade on the highway.

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who also joined the Youth Congress protesters, said all parties, except the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP, are standing with farmers for their cause.

He slammed Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, accusing him of earlier supporting the “black laws”.

Indian Youth Congress president Srinivas B V said his party stands shoulder-to-shoulder with farmers and dubbed the reforms as anti-farmer .

Punjab Youth Congress chief Barinder Singh Dhillon told media in Mohali’s Dera Bassi that this is the beginning of the fight for the rights of farmers .

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Black balloons were also released earlier in the day by the protesters as a mark of protest against the Bills.

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