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Shambhu border, a major blockade in farmers’ movement to Delhi in 2020, stands clear within one year | Chandigarh News

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AMBALA: In their movement towards Delhi against the Central government’s three agri-marketing laws on November 26, 2020, the Devi Nagar toll plaza at Shambhu border of Punjab and Haryana states on GT Road (National Highway 44) was one of the major blockades for Punjab farmers, now stands clear within one year.
There is no more stopping of Punjab and Haryana farmers on GT Road by Haryana police exactly after one year on November 26, 2021, and they moved freely towards Delhi in their caravans, motorcycles, cars, and tractor trolleys in large number to celebrate one year of their protest at Shambhu and Tikri borders.
The farmers of Haryana and Punjab strongly determined themselves to protest and followed the calls given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM). Recently, on the eve of Gurpurb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Dev on November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to repeal the agri-marketing laws, concerning the farmers of the country.
The farmers are now announcing the victory of their protest on agri-marketing laws but they are still protesting for a law guaranteeing minimum support price (MSP) of crops, electricity amendment bill, stubble burning bill, withdrawal of cases registered against farmers during agitation.
Leading group farmers from Shambhu to Delhi on Friday, farmer Amarjit Singh of Mohri village in Ambala said, “The government has yet only accepted our one demand and others are still pending. We also demand the withdrawal of cases registered against farmers and compensation for nearly 700 farmers who died during this agitation. The government made every possible effort to divide the farmers and SKM but we remained determined to protest to get the laws repealed.”
The farmers said they will always remember those who sacrificed their lives.
Throughout the year-long protest, the Devi Nagar toll plaza at the Shambhu border acted as a transit camp for the farmers of Punjab as different Gurdwaras of Ambala ensured uninterrupted supplies of langar, tea, and other essentials here. Even the stay arrangements were made for the farmers at Shambhu. Every day a large number of farmers take a break at Shambhu while on their way to Delhi from Punjab and in return.
Ambala holds two important borders with Punjab state at Shambhu on NH-44 and at Sadopur on NH-152, and both were blocked by Haryana police last year on November 26. Despite blocking the NHs with multi-tier security including barricades, concrete blocks, sand-filled tippers, trucks, and barbed wires, the Haryana police could not stop the Punjab farmers to march towards the national capital borders following the ‘Dilli Chalo’ call of the farm unions.
Haryana had even used the rapid action force (RAF), state police, teargas shells, water cannons on the farmers moving towards Delhi but could not stop them.
Throughout the year, there had been many tense situations between the protesting farmers and the state administration, but things, at last, remained peaceful.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Charuni national president Gurnam Singh Charuni had started his march towards Delhi one day in advance from Mohra grain market at Ambala Cantonment on GT Road on November 25, 2020, and he had cleared the passage for the Punjab farmers by breaking all the barricades and bearing water-cannons laid by Haryana police on GT Road and reached Panipat. Charuni had then started his march towards Delhi from Panipat on November 26, 2020. Punjab farmers had also joined the Haryana farmers on GT Road after breaking Shambhu and Sadopur barricades on November 26, 2020.





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