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Farmers in Punjab and Haryana receive an enthusiastic welcome with sweets and garlands on several occasions as they return home on Saturday for the “victory” of their protests after the agitation against repealed farm laws has been suspended.

Farming families as well as other villagers at many locations on Delhi-Karnal-Ambala and Delhi-Hisar national roads as well as other national roads en route welcomed and honored peasants coming in tractor carts with garlands, ‘ladoos’, ‘barfi’ and other sweets.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella organization of 40 farmer unions, decided Thursday to suspend the farmers’ movement that has lasted more than a year against the three disputed farm laws and announced that the farmers would return home. them Dec. 11 from the Delhi border protest sites.

Villagers and others who supported the agitation of farmers carrying farmer body flags, rained petals on the peasants as they gathered by the roadsides to greet them.

A family came from Chandigarh to welcome farmers near Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border.

“We are here to welcome them. We will return with them. We are delighted and our happiness cannot be described in words. It is (the victory) the result of the ‘tapasya’ (penance) of the farmers who faced to all kinds of hardship, including harsh weather conditions, ”said a resident of Chandigarh, who actively supported the agitation of the farmers.

Due to the large convoy of tractor-drawn trucks and other vehicles, traffic jams could be observed at many places on the Delhi-Haryana national highway.

Some delighted farmers, especially young people and women, performed Punjab folk dance “bhangra” to the rhythm of “dhol” as they returned home to Punjab and Haryana.

In Khanauri, near the Punjab, the villagers gathered in large numbers to welcome the agitators and also burst firecrackers in a festive atmosphere.

“We come back victorious,” said a farmer from Ludhiana.

Preparations to welcome the farmers were made at various toll booths and other places along the national roads.

A large convoy of tractor-drawn carriages began to return to Punjab and Haryana in the morning after performing “ardas” (prayer) at the Singhu border.

Farmers have taken the lead in households after the year-long agitation against the Center’s three farm laws was suspended.

Tractors, decorated with flowers and colored lights and bearing the national flag and farmers’ flags, played Punjabi victory songs while the frequent chants of “Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal” tore the air.

Tractor wagons carried cots, mattresses, utensils and other personal effects that the farmers had taken with them during the commotion.

Near the Bastara toll booth in Karnal and at the Shambhu border near Ambala, a “langar” arrangement has been made for returning farmers.

Some farmers, including women, were dancing and doing “bhangra” at the border of Shambhu to welcome the farmers.

Notably, the Shambhu interstate border on the national highway was where Haryana police last year, on November 26, used water cannons and tear gas to prevent farmers from heading. to the national capital.

Haryana Police have made extensive arrangements to ensure hassle-free traffic on the state’s national highways.

A spokesperson for the Haryana Police Department on Friday said that district police superintendents had been instructed to ensure proper traffic, safety and public order arrangements to ensure safe traffic. fluid in all districts between Delhi and Ambala, and Bahadurgarh and Hisar / Jind.

Farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, started demonstrating at Delhi border crossings on November 26 last year against the Agricultural Trade and Trade Act 2020 ( Promotion and Facilitation), Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. The laws were recently repealed.