Chandigarh-Shimla national highway blocked as Jats continue stir

| Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 14:56
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For the first time that the agitators blocked the Chandigarh-Shimla highway | Photo: IANS

Chandigarh: Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the Chandigarh-Shimla national highway on Sunday as Jat agitators blocked the road in Panchkula in Haryana near here, police said.

However, there was no report of any violence.

The traffic on both sides of the highway has been stuck at Panchkula because the road has been obstructed by the agitators, a police official told IANS.

This is for the first time that the agitators blocked the Chandigarh-Shimla highway, the major link to Shimla, Solan and Kinnaur districts of Himachal Pradesh.

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The Jat community's pro-reservation agitation in Haryana continued for the eighth day on Sunday.

With trains to and from Delhi and other places being cancelled, buses not plying, all major highways passing through Haryana blocked by protesters at several places and railway tracks being blocked and uprooted, thousands of people suffered as they were stranded at different places.

 Prices of flights from Chandigarh to Delhi were hovering between Rs.25,000 and Rs.55,000 for the one-hour journey.

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