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Shops and commercial establishments remained shut at many places in Punjab and Haryana

December 08, 2020 12:30 PM

Chandigarh, December 8
Shops and commercial establishments remained shut at many places in Punjab and Haryana on Tuesday morning in view of a 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmer unions to protest the Centre's three farm laws.

Petroleum dealers in Punjab closed filling stations to back the call for the nationwide strike. There are over 3, 400 fuel pumps in Punjab.

In neighbouring BJP-JJP ruled Haryana, opposition parties Congress and Indian National Lok Dal have extended their support to the 'Bharat Bandh'.

Farmers started assembling on highways and other key roads in both states from the morning."We will hold a protest peacefully, " a farmer said in Mohali as the airport road near the JLPL was blocked.

In Ludhiana, a group of protesters squatted on a road to express solidarity with the protesting farmers. Some protesters were seen performing kirtan near the Jagraon bridge.

In Patiala, milk and vegetable supply was hit as agitating farmers stopped vendors from entering the city.

Members of Punjabi University teaching faculty and students closed campus gates and held protest in solidarity with protesting farmers. Lawyers staged a dharna in support of the farmers in Ropar.

Farmer leaders have said they would block key roads and occupy toll plazas during their 'chakka jam' protest from 11 am to 3 pm.

Police personnel have been deployed in adequate strength in both the states to maintain law and order, officials said.
- PTI

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