Chandigarh: Farmers on Thursday reached 18 toll plazas in 11 districts to make them free for commuters. During this time, farmers have also clashed with employees and locals at different tolls.
Heavy police force is also present at the spot to keep the situation under control. The situation at Tanda toll plaza is tense.
A total of 16 toll plazas in Punjab have been occupied by farmers so far, but the most tense situation has remained at the Tanda toll plaza. The police had to resort to lathicharge to control the situation.
Toll workers have said that they will become unemployed if the tolls are closed. Farmers are being accused of arbitrariness, but all the toll counters have been occupied by the farmers. This has led to huge jams at the counter from Pathankot to Tanda and from Tanda to Pathankot.
Due to lack of full support from the police and a crisis of livelihood, toll workers have been lying in front of the vehicles present on the spot.
While farmers are talking about removing all vehicles without paying toll tax. Toll workers and farmers have been face to face for about 3 hours. Police have also resorted to baton charge, but the situation remains tense.