Commuters were yet again in for a harrowing experience on Tuesday owing to the protest taken out by farmers from different districts of Haryana,seeking an increase in the minimum support price for their produce.
For the second consecutive day,commuters remained stuck in a traffic jam for over two hours as the police had diverted traffic to ensure peaceful and smooth protest by the farmers. On Monday,too,people were stuck in traffic jams.
No traffic was allowed by police from Chandigarh towards Panchkula from the Housing Board chowk and commuters had to take the road from the Mansa Devi Complex (MDC) side to reach Panchkula. Heavy contingent of police force was deployed to prevent the forward march of the farmers to protest outside the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
The traffic disruptions continued for hours due to the protest. Police had put up barricades to stop the farmers from proceeding towards the Housing Board chowk. The deployment of Chandigarh and Haryana police forces foiled the farmers bid to proceed to Chandigarh to protest outside the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
Due to the protest,there were traffic jams on the MDC road as the entire traffic was diverted from that side.
Police Commissioner (Panchkula-Ambala range) Rajbir Deswal said that the presence of police personnel ensured that the rally was smooth and peaceful. Nearly 500 police personnel,including women,were deployed to prevent any untoward incident.
A Himachal Pradesh resident,Amandeep Kumar,said that he was to visit his friend in Sector 7 but after he was not allowed to move from the Housing Board chowk,he had no option but to take a longer route to visit his friend. I put up in a rented accommodation at Manimajra. As I came to Housing Board chowk,I was not allowed by the police to proceed ahead, he said.
The farmers protest march started from Nada Sahib where they had assembled outside the gurdwara from where they proceeded from Majri chowk to the Housing Board chowk in vehicles but were held up by the police. The protest was lifted later in the evening when hundreds of them courted arrest.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (City) Purnima Singh said,The farmers were allowed to assemble at the dividing road of Sector 17 and Sector 18 but were not permitted to proceed to Chandigarh. At the Housing Board chowk,they courted arrest later in the evening.
Farmers from different districts had come to Panchkula to protest over the paltry support price they get for their produce. A farmer,Karam Veer,from Yamunanagar,said the government had failed to improve their condition. The minimum support price for the foodgrains is very low in the state due to which farmers are facing difficulty to eke out a living, he said.
Another farmer from Sonepat,Raj Singh,said though his family owned 5 acres of land,the produce from the land was low due to which it was difficult for them to make ends meet.