A peaceful protest march turned violent when a clash blazed up between 600 activists of Yuva Kisaan Ekta and cops in sector 34 on Tuesday,9 December. Around eight policemen and 10 activists reportedly suffered injuries.
Around 1 pm, the activists had gathered near the Sector-34 gurdwara to head towards the BJP office in Sector 33, to lock its main gate and display denunciation of the government’s farm laws. Protesters were spotted raising slogans “Jai Jawaan, Jai Kisaan”( Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer).
But, police installed barricades to prevent them. While protestors ruined barricades with tractors and trucks and pelted stones on cops as well. To dismiss the rage, police used water cannons and lathi-charge. Meanwhile,
some protesters ascend atop the water cannon and crippled the vehicle to turn the water off, whilst others grabbed batons from the policemen.
“They wanted to lay siege to the BJP state office Kamalam and were stopped at the barricading in Sector 34, but the protesters became violent,”, a police officer told Hindustan Times.
#Chandigarh Police on Wednesday used water cannons to disperse #Punjab Youth Congress (@IYCPunjab) members and supporters to prevent them from marching towards #Haryana Chief Minister #ManoharLalKhattar's official residence to protest against the three central #farmlaws. pic.twitter.com/sx93NUpaFh
— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) December 2, 2020
One of the protestors even tried to harm Sector 34 SHO inspector Baldev Kumar with a sharp-edged weapon but didn’t succeed as a gunman interposed and nabbed the protester.
However, enduring the lathis and water cannon, the protesters managed to reach the BJP office and raised anti-party slogans. Also, tried to burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but were abstained by the police.
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A dharna stayed in motion until senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal arrived and asked them to disperse.
Anyhow, one was arrested, a case under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with a deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of the offence committed in prosecution of common object), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 3 of the Damage to Public Property Act was registered at the Sector 34 police station.
Near Dakshin Marg, the main road remained blocked for around three hours by Congress leaders and supporters near Hallomajra Light Point. Congress leader Pardeep Chhabra directed hundreds of protesters and blocked the highway for almost three hours. The traffic was deflected. However, emergency vehicles were allowed to pass. The protesters raised slogans against the government. Chhabra said, “Even family members of BJP workers supported the Bharat Bandh call. Later, Congress leaders, including Chhabra, councillor Satish Kainth, Jagjeet Kang, and Jatinder Bhatia, were detained. They were taken to the Sector 39 police station. After filling formalities, they all were freed.
A huge number of shops were closed in sectors 27 and 28. The area councillor, Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla, said that shopkeepers of his ward are standing with the farmers and except one had closed all the shops during the Bandh.
Support from other bodies
Punjab and Haryana High Court advocates sat on dharna in solidarity with the protesting farmers. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh expressed support for the farmers. The president of the association, Arvinder Pal Singh, acknowledged that the hospitality industry works in close coordination with farmers and can assume their concerns. The chairman of the association, Man Mohan Singh Kohli, remarked, their industry has suffered at the hands of corporate aggregators such as OYO and ZOMATO, etc. Therefore, they can understand the condition of farmers.