Chandigarh, Sep 12 (UNI) Rail and road traffic remained paralysed at various places in Punjab due to a three-hour blockade call given by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the BJP protest against the Sethusamudram project of the Centre today.
According to a report recieved from Phagwara, several trains were detained midway as demonstrations and dharnas were organised by the activists on eight rail sections of Firozepur division right after the blockade at 0800 hrs.
Railway sources told UNI here that rail traffic was blocked near Nasrala on Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur section, near Tarantaran on Amritsar-Khemkaran section, near Verka and Dhariwal on Amritsar-Pathankot section, near Mannawala and Suranasi on Amritsar-Jalandhar section and near Vijaypur on Jammu-Pathankot rail section.
They said around 27 trains were stopped at nearby railway stations of the blockade sites. The UP-Chhattisgarh Express and Amritsar-Ludhiana train were stopped at Phagwara,the UP-Howrah Express at Chiherru railway station and Jalandhar-Jejon train was stopped at Jalandhar Cantt railway station. Trains were also detained at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Goraya, Phillaur, Ludhiana and several other railway stations.
Meanwhile, road traffic on various roads were diverted from highways to branch roads. In Phagwara, protestors led by RSS leader Lala Balwant Rai Gupta, blocked road traffic on national highways near local sugar mills crossing and before local rest house.
Heavy security arrangements were made by the police to avoid any untoward incident.
According to reports recieved from Jalandhar, three trains, including Amritsar-bound Howra-Amritsar Express, Jalandhar-bound Ferozepur-Jalandhar DMU and Jansewa Express coming from Amritsar were stopped at Tanda Railway crossing. BJP MLA KD Bhadhari was present during the time of agitation there.
The agitators also blocked vehicular traffic at PAP Chowk. A large number of vehicles going towards Jammu, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Delhi were stranded on the road.
The protesters, led by BJP MLA Chunni Lal Bhagat, blocked the road at Nakodar Chowk, while another group of agitators blocked vehicular traffic at Workshop Chowk.
Hundreds of bus and train passengers were seen stranded at bus stand and railway stations waiting for the restoration of normal traffic.