Police and administration had tough time preventing the march
The agitating farmers kept the police on its toes on Saturday with their proposed march to the Rajbhawan in protest against the three farm laws. The traffic on the Haridwar Dehradun road went haywire as the protesting farmers hit the road in Doiwala area of Dehradun. The traffic on Dehradun Delhi highway was also affected by the agitation of farmers. The police and administration had a tough time in controlling the farmers and managing the traffic. The agitating farmers and the police had skirmishes in Doiwala and Harrawala areas of the city. On the call given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, farmers from different areas had planned to march to Raj Bhavan on Saturday. Doiwala town was the biggest centre of the agitation as hordes of farmers from nearby villages assembled there and started the march. Large numbers of tractors were also there in the march.
The farmers were able to break the police barriers at Bhaniawala, Lachhiwala and Harrawala.
At Lachhiwala, the farmers and police personnel were involved in skirmishes. At one point of the time it appeared that the things could go out of control. Panicked by the march of the farmers, the administration was able to stop farmers at Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) on Haridwar road. The police placed many dumpers on the road to block the tractors of the farmers. Later a five member delegation of the farmer leaders comprising of Tajendra Singh Taj, Balbir Singh, Umed Bora, Surendra Singh and Advocate Manohar Singh met ADM Kusum Chauhan, SP Rural Parmendra Dobhal and SP City Shewta Chauby. The farmer leaders submitted a memorandum directed to the governor to the officers. In the memorandum the farmer leaders demanded that the three farm laws should be rolled back without any further delay. They also demanded that no case should be registered against them for their agitation on the day.
The farmers marching from Roorkee to Dehradun were stopped at Biharigarh. Here additional police force had to be sent. The farmers coming from Sahaspur and Vikasnagar were stopped at Singniwala.
In Dehradun the members of the Kisan Sabha assembled at Gandhi Park on the day. Their march to the Rajbhawan was stopped by the police at Hathibarkala.
Sunday, 24 January 2021 | PNS | Dehradun