Intensifying their continued agitation against the three agriculture laws, members of farmers’ unions took over several toll booths in Haryana, allowing free movement of vehicles on Friday morning.
The invitation to make all parking spaces for motorists free for three days was launched by several farmers’ unions that have been leading the protests on the Delhi-Haryana border since 27 November.
The peasants forcibly raised the barricades of the Bastara toll booth in Karnal on National Highway 44, which connects Delhi with several northern states, the Gullarpur toll booth on the Assandh-Karnal highway and the Thana toll booth in Kurukshetra’s Pehowa on the Hisar-Chandigarh highway. The peasant union leaders are also planning to open the Panipat toll booth on NH44 and the Dahar toll booth on the Panipat-Rohtak highway.
The police deployed at the toll booths did not prevent protesting farmers from opening the toll gates, allowing free movement of all vehicles. Farmers said protests will be held at all toll booths over the next three days according to instructions given by the leaders of farmers agitating on the Singhu and Tikri borders against agricultural laws.
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The president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Charuni) Gurunam Singh Charuni could also visit the paid squares in the state. In his video message on Friday morning, Charuni urged peasants to hold protests peacefully and not to indulge in any violence.
Earlier today a fire broke out in the office of the Bastara di Karnal motorway exit. The reason for the fire has not yet been ascertained, however, a short circuit is considered the most likely cause.