About 200 cars, almost all with the Tricolour fluttering on them and some with the yellow flag of a farmers union, wound their way through the city on Tuesday in support of the tractor rally in Delhi against three farm laws introduced by the Centre.
The organisers wanted to circle around Raj Bhavan, since “the governor is the representative of the Centre in the state”, but were not allowed by police.
They went till the East gate of Raj Bhavan and turned right towards the KC Das crossing in Esplanade before heading towards the Dunlop Gurdwara.
“There were about 1,000 people in the cars. We shouted slogans. Some carried posters,” said Avtar Singh, who took part in the rally that began from Gurdwara Sant Kutiya on Harish Mukherjee Road at 12.30pm.
“A lot of people from Dunlop and Shyambazar assembled at the Dunlop Gurdwara to lend their support,” said a participant in the rally.
Dunlop, like Bhowanipore, has a large number of Sikhs. Singh, who is also general secretary of the Gurdwara Sant Kutiya, said there were about 3,000 Sikhs in Bhowanipore and 5,000 in Dunlop.
“Most of us have been living in Calcutta for generations, but we still visit Punjab every two-three months. Many of us still own farmlands in Punjab,” said Ajit Singh, another participant in Tuesday’s rally.