New Delhi: Protesting farmers have blocked the Delhi-Rohtak Highway by sitting on a 'dharna' here on Wednesday. The block is leading to traffic chaos in the area with vehicles piling up on surrounding roads. These protesting farmers under the banner of Bharat Bhoomi Bachao Sangharsh Samiti have also called for 'Haryana bandh' today.
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The highway was blocked by farmers under the leadership of national farmer leader Ramesh Dalal. The protest is against alleged irregularities in compensation awarded during land acquisition for the rail corridor among other things.
The police tried to persuade the farmers to not jam the road, but to no avail. Before jamming the highway, the farmers area said to have performed 'Havan' by sitting in two lines of Mandothi toll plaza on KMP Expressway in Jhajjar where people protesting have been sitting on a dharna for the past 159 days.
'Disconnect New Delhi from Haryana'
The call for Haryana bandh on June 14 came from the Bahadurgarh villages backed by khap panchayats and people displaced by Haryana Rail Oribital Corridor. Framer leader Ramesh Dalal said that the Munak Canal in Sonipat has also been broken by the farmers associated with his organisation. Delhi's water has been stopped and the rail routes will also be closed soon, he said.
In a meeting on Sunday, the villagers announced to “disconnect” New Delhi from Haryana and block civil supplies like milk and vegetables. They also announced to gather support for the call of "Bharat bandh" on June 18.
The Sunday meeting was convened at Mandothi toll plaza. During the meeting, a 25-point agenda and a 21-member committee comprising village representatives, khap heads and other prominent citizens from Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana, were also prepared.
What are farmers demanding ?
In addition to requesting increased compensation for the land that was acquired, the protestors have called for action against former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, minimum support price (MSP) for sunflower, forgiveness of loans for farmers, and various other demands raised by khap panchayats.
The Sunday meeting was presided over by Bhoop Singh, the president of Dalal Khap, and Ramesh Dalal, the national vice-president of Bhumi Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, an organisation that fights for the land rights of farmers and those displaced by land acquisition.
“We wonder as to why government has failed to resolve the issues concerning oustees, especially after assuring them enhanced compensation. Our daughters, who are struggling to get justice, have been harassed and pressured. Now, we are left with no option other than resorting to Haryana bandh. We will block rail and road networks and cut the supply chain between New Delhi and the state,” said Ramesh.
Regarding their support, he mentioned that they have already requested political parties to step forward, clarify their stance, and support them.