Partial response to VHP Chakka Jam in Uttarakhand

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Dehradun, Sep 12 (UNI) The Nationwide ''Chakka Jam'' called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad against Sethusamudram project had a partial effect in Uttarakhand.

VHP activists supported by the Bajrang Dal, the Hindu Jagran Manch and Durga Vahini blocked the high ways in three places at Patel Nagar, Saharanpur Chowk, Rispana and Mohkampur for three hours from 0800 hrs to 1100 hrs sending the traffic out of gear. Press photographers were attempted to be beaten by the activists at Patelnagar when they took photographs of activists manhandling one forest ranger officer.

According to a National media's photo journalist Abhay Rajan, when a forest officer requestd the activists to let him pass on foot they slapped and kicked him. The media persons were chased away. When contacted VHP State in charge Rakesh Oberai said he was not in the city. Subhash Ahuja district in charge VHP who was spearheading the agitation in the city said ''Thoda Bahut Chalta rehta hain''. He said that Chakka Jam was for everybody including media.

Except this no untoward incident took place. According to SSP Dehradun, to avoid untoward incidents the district was distributed into five zones, 19 sectors and 40 sub-sectors and mobile team was also formed. Besides three PAC Companies were kept on standby, he said.

Report from Pithoragarh district said that VHP activists blocked the Pithoragarh-Tanakpur National Higways at Chandrbhaga for about half an hour. Rishikesh-Barinath NH was blocked at Kalki Dhal, Rishikesh for some time. However Bahadrabad-Roorkee NH 68 was totally disrupted in Hardwar. A report from Pauri district said that the road blockade took place for only half an hour. No Chakka Jam was reportedy observed anywhere in Uttarkashi district. In Almora district Almora-Haldwani NH at Karbala and Roadways station were blocked from 0800 hrs to 1100 hrs by the activists.

Reports from Rudraprayag district said that token chakka Jam was held at Khatima, Rudrapur, Kicchha and Sitargang however it did not go for three hours anywhere.

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the state.

UNI

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