Haryana: INDL Block Roads, Highway, Demands Canal Construction

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| July 10 , 2017 , 13:24 IST

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) activists on Monday blocked the national highway linking Delhi and Amritsar along with four other roads in Haryana in a one-day 'Road Roko Aandolan' (road blockade protest) to press their demands of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal construction to bring more water in Haryana.

The authorities in anticipation of the protest had already deployed hundreds of central security forces and Haryana Police personnel along the Haryana-Punjab border. However, the protestors hoodwinked the security forces and blocked the busy highway with their vehicles.

The vehicles blocked five locations as part of their protest - the Lalru-Chandigarh stretch on NH-1, Ambala-Shambhu border on NH-1, Narwana-Dhanauri border, Ratia-Budhlada road in Fatehabad district and Dabwali in Sirsa district.

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The INLD is seeking immediate construction of Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal in Punjab to bring more water to Haryana.

INLD leaders said, “Emergency vehicles, like ambulances, would be exempted from the protest.”

INLD General Secretary Abhay Singh Chautala would go to all five protest points on a helicopter. He said, “As a gesture of goodwill towards the people of Punjab, our workers have made arrangements for flowers which would be given to commuters from Punjab.”

“The workers would also urge the commuters to pressurise the Punjab government to complete the construction of SYL canal,” he added.

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Hundreds of central security forces and Haryana Police were stationed at all five places locations along the border.

Haryana Police Additional Director-General (ADGP) R.C. Mishra, stationed at Shambhu barrier said, “We are fully geared for any situation. We will take action depending on the situation.”

Security personnel were deployed in riot gear, riot-control vehicles to maintain law and order at all times. The police is expected to divert traffic on other routes.

Punjab Authorities have decided to withstand state-run bus services on Monday as a precautionary measure.

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