HC asks Haryana to remove barricades at Shambhu border within seven days

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Police personnel stand guard during traffic restrictions near Shambhu Border ahead of the scheduled march by the protesting farmers towards Delhi, at Rajpura, in Patiala district, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.

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Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the Haryana government to remove within a week barricades set up at the Shambhu border near Ambala, where farmers have been camping since February 13 in support of their demands.

The Haryana government had set up barricades at the Ambala-New Delhi national highway in February when the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha had announced their decision to move towards Delhi in support of various demands, including a legal guarantee of MSP for crops.

The directions came on a petition filed against the sealing of border between Punjab and Haryana.

Speaking to reporters here, Haryana Additional Advocate General Deepak Sabharwal said the court has directed the Haryana government to remove barricading within seven days.

The court also said if any law and order situation arises, it can take preventive action as per law.

The Punjab government has also been told that if there is any barricading at their side, it should also be removed, he said.

Sabharwal said barricades were set up on February 10 to maintain law and order.

The SKM (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have been spearheading the 'Delhi Chalo' march by farmers to press the government to accept their demands.

The farmers have been staying put at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points between Punjab and Haryana since February 13 when their march was stopped by the security forces.

However, the number of farmers camping at the site has gradually declined.