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Bharat Bandh: Farmers Block Roads and Roads in Punjab, Haryana; hit the rail services | India News

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CHANDIGARH: Farmers blocked national highways and other key highways in many locations in Punjab and Haryana, and occupied railroad tracks in various locations disrupting road and rail traffic as part of their national protest against the Center’s new agricultural laws.
According to Samkyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), who spearheads the farmers’ unrest, said that Bharat Bandh is being watched from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to mark four months of farmer unrest on Delhi’s three borders: Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri. . .
Stores remained closed in various places in Punjab. Shops in support of Bharat Bandh were also closed in some places in Haryana.
Public and private transportation remained off the roads in Punjab.
In neighboring Haryana, the State Transport Minister, Moolchand Sharma, told PTI that the Haryana Roadways bus services will be suspended in those districts where it is considered inappropriate to operate them in view of the farmers’ protest.
“The bus services are functional in Haryana,” he said.
Since the morning, farmers from the two states have been meeting on various roads and paths, including the districts of Bathinda, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Mohali, Rohtak, Ferozepur, Pathankot, Jhajjar, Jind, Panchkula, Kaithal, Yamunanagar and Bhiwani.
Farmers union leaders said they were allowing ambulances and other emergency vehicles through, as well as wedding processions.
In view of the ‘Holla Mohalla’ festival in Sri Anandpur Sahib, the vehicles carrying the devotees could travel daily. Protesters have even organized ‘langar’ for devotees at protest sites.
Haryana BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni, in a video message on Friday, called on protesting farmers to ensure the smooth passage of essential supplies or even sick people traveling in private vehicles or traveling in neighboring areas. .
“We have to protest peacefully,” Chaduni said.
The Bharat Bandh had its effect on rail services in Punjab and Haryana.
Protesters occupied the train tracks in various locations, including Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Ambala, Jind, Jhajjar, Panchkula, and some other districts in the two states, leading to disruption of rail traffic.
Some of the protesters blocked the Ambala-Delhi highway near the Ambala cantonment seriously affecting service on the route.
A group of protesters crouched on the train tracks near the village of Shahpur, about five kilometers from the Ambala cantonment, as all trains running between Delhi and Saharanpur were stranded, railway officials said.
At Karnal train station, the New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express was stranded due to the farmers’ blockade at Ambala.
“Due to the pandemic, one is going through difficult times. Now, being stranded in a train station for hours with young children is quite difficult. Trains on this route should have been canceled for today to avoid inconvenience to passengers,” he said a woman. passenger traveling with his two children.
Peasant agitators blocked several key highways, including the Chandigarh-Delhi, Amritsar-Delhi, Hisar-Delhi and Bhiwani-Delhi national highways. They parked their tractors and other vehicles in the middle of the roads.
They also blocked the Ambala-Rajpura highway on the Haryana-Punjab border near the Shambhu barrier, and the Ambala-Hisar highway near the city of Ambala.
The protesters, many of them holding banners, settled on key roads and raised slogans against the BJP-led government in the Center. There were sit-ins at toll plazas in various places.
In Amritsar district, a group of farmers staged a shirtless protest and launched slogans demanding the repeal of farm laws. In Ludhiana, the industrial center of Punjab, some markets, including Gill Road, Ghumar Mandi, Clock Tower, the cloth market and the Akal market, remained closed, while in Mohali most of the markets were also closed.
Traffic on the national highways passing through Haryana, including Ambala and Chandigarh, was comparatively less, with many avoiding travel during Bandh hours. However, in many places, long lines of trucks and other heavy vehicles could be seen on the roads.
Police personnel were deployed with adequate force to maintain law and order, authorities said.
The peasant leaders of the state asked the merchants and merchants to keep the shutters closed during the bandh. Several unions representing the commissioner also supported the protest.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, a supreme body of gurdwara, has also announced that it will keep its offices and institutions closed during the day.
Earlier, in view of Bharat Bandh, Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a body that brings together protesting farmers’ unions, appealed to protesters to keep the peace.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have camped in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, and their main demand is the total repeal of the three agricultural laws and a legal guarantee of the minimum price of sustenance for their crops. .
So far, there have been 11 rounds of talks between the protesting unions and the government, but the stalemate has continued as both sides have stood their ground.
In January, the government had offered to suspend farm laws for 12 to 18 months, which was rejected by farmers’ unions.

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