Farmers’ protest: Police resorted to water cannon to disperse the protesting farmers who broke barricades at the Chandigarh-Mohali border and started marching towards the Raj Bhawan.
Observing “Kheti bachao, loktantra bachao” diwas, farmers are marching towards the Governor’s residence to submit a memorandum seeking repeal of new farm laws.
Farmers in huge numbers from Haryana have started entering Chandigarh from the Panchkula side, while those from Punjab are entering from the Mohali side.
Thus, the police had deployed forces and even placed barricades. However, the protestors started marching towards the Raj Bhawan breaking barricades and facing water cannons.
Earlier, the Punjab farmers gathered at Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Mohali, while those from Haryana gathered at Gurdwara Nada Sahib in Panchkula.
The SKM leader Yogendra Yadav had said the farmers would hold a protest march peacefully from Gurdwara Nada Sahib to the Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh.
It may be recalled that there have been no talks between the Centre and farmers after Republic Day violence in Delhi.
Farmers have been protesting against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.