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Bharat Bandh: Farmers block highways, squat on railway tracks in Punjab, Haryana during 10-hour shutdown

Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, September 27

The 10-hour nationwide shutdown on Monday on the decision by farmers’ unions to demand the scrapping of three central farm legal guidelines received an infinite response in Punjab and Haryana the place tens of 1000’s of farmers blocked main highways, together with Nationwide Freeway 1 linking Delhi.

Outlets and different industrial institutions have been closed in most cities as merchants prolonged their help to the agitating farmers. They opened their institutions solely after the shutdown was over.

Nonetheless, there was no report of any untoward incident from anyplace within the states. Emergency medical companies have been exempted from the blockade.

However site visitors throughout Punjab and Haryana was hit badly for a number of hours as farmers, farm labourers, fee brokers, commerce and worker unions and activists of political events squatted on nationwide highways from 6 am to four pm

The protesting farmers parked their tractors on highways and main hyperlink roads in each Punjab and Haryana and squatted on the highway.

Even an Indian Military convoy was halted for half an hour in Jalandhar city with farmers permitting it to maneuver forward after checking paperwork.

Heavy police presence was seen at varied locations in Haryana and Punjab to take care of regulation and order.

The police diverted site visitors at a number of locations because the farmers blocked the highways.

Tons of of individuals had a harrowing time as buses, taxis and trains didn’t ply as a result of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM)-called Bharat Bandh.

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Commuters have been left stranded at railway stations and bus stands in varied cities and cities as public transport didn’t ply. Individuals have been pressured to trudge with heavy baggage and office-goers too have been hit onerous.

State roadways, personal buses and taxis have been off the roads, inflicting distress to 1000’s of passengers.

Buses remained parked at bus stands or bus depots, and passengers have been left stranded.

Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws made a rapid buck from folks wanting to achieve their vacation spot on time.

Many of the roads throughout the 2 states, together with in joint capital Chandigarh, wore a near-deserted look.

Whereas a lot of the personal colleges have been shut, the attendance at authorities workplaces was negligible.

“We’ve determined to not attend workplace owing to the closure of all main highway hyperlinks that began early within the morning,” stated Nisha Singh, a authorities worker, who each day commutes from her hometown Kharar to Chandigarh.

The worst affected locations have been Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Ferozepur and Moga.

Farmers sit on a dharna in Ludhiana. Press Reporter photograph: Himanshu Mahajan
Farmers protest on the Ghazipur border. Press Reporter photograph: Manas Ranjan Bhui

In neighbouring Haryana, there have been experiences of protesters blocking highways in Ambala, Karnal, Panipat, Sirsa, Fatehabad and Kurukshetra districts.

Farmers protest in Amritsar by taking off their shirts.

Phagwara Station Superintendent Devinder Singh stated the Amritsar-bound 03005 Up Howrah Mail coming from Kolkata was stopped by the railway authorities at 6.35 am, whereas the Jammu-bound 08237 UP Begampura Categorical needed to be halted at Phagwara at 6.46 am. He stated although the Begampura Categorical had no scheduled halt at Phagwara, it needed to be stopped attributable to monitor blockade close to Jalandhar.

The Amritsar-Katihar Categorical, the Saharsa-Amritsar Categorical and the Uchahar Categorical trains have been halted on the Ambala Cantonment railway station, whereas the Ambala-Saharanpur passenger prepare was halted on the Jagadhri railway station.

On the Karnal railway station, the Swaraj Categorical prepare headed to Jammu was halted. Three trains have been additionally halted on the Kurukshetra railway station, officers stated.

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi urged the Centre to repeal the three “anti-farmer” legal guidelines.

“#I Stand With Farmers & enchantment the Union Govt. to repeal the three anti-farmer legal guidelines. Our farmers have been struggling for his or her rights since greater than a 12 months & it’s excessive time that their voice is heard. I request the farmers to boost their voice in a peaceable method,” he stated in a tweet.

State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu stated the PPCC firmly stands by the farmer unions’ Bharat Bandh name.

“Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee firmly stands by Farmer Unions demand for Bharat Bandh on 27 Sept 2021. Within the conflict of proper and incorrect you cannot afford to be impartial!! We urge each Congress employee to battle with all their may in opposition to the three Unconstitutional Black Legal guidelines!!” he tweeted.

Tons of of farmers blocked the Ambala-Delhi Nationwide Freeway. They put barricades on the roads main as much as the Shambhu border close to Ambala and squatted in the midst of the highway. The site visitors in the direction of Delhi was diverted to various routes.

Numerous vans and different autos have been stranded on either side of the freeway.

Various farmers gathered on the new grain market in Ambala metropolis, from the place they marched in the direction of varied metropolis markets to request the shopkeepers to maintain their outlets closed.

Many of the grain markets of Ambala district, the wholesale material market, Sarafa bazaar, instructional institutes and a number of other industrial institutions remained closed.

Outlets additionally remained shut at another locations in Haryana, together with in Karnal and Kurukshetra.

In Amritsar, numerous farmers held a protest close to the Golden Gate, the entry level of the holy metropolis.

Farmer chief Sarwan Singh Pandher stated the Centre ought to repeal the “black farm legal guidelines” with out additional delay.

The farmers are demanding the repeal of the three farm legal guidelines handed by Parliament final 12 months and have expressed apprehension that they might pave the way in which for the dismantling of the minimal help worth system, leaving them on the mercy of massive company homes.

The federal government has maintained that the brand new legal guidelines will present farmers with higher alternatives. It has additionally accused the opposition events of deceptive farmers.

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HIGHLIGHTS

*Ropar: Farmers sit on dharna at six locations, together with the railway monitor close to Ropar railway station, bringing site visitors within the district to a halt. Farmers sit on the highway on the toll plaza on Ropar-Chandigarh highway, Ropar-Anandpur Sahib highway and Ropar-Bela highway. Apart from, they sit on the highway close to Nurpur Bedi bus stand and close to Panjkoha marriage palace at Morinda. 

*Muktsar: Farmers block all highways within the district. Bharat Vikas Parishad and Vyapar Mandal in affiliation with farmer unions organise blood donation camp in Malout city.

*Sonepat: A 54-year-old protesting farmer was discovered useless in his tent at Singhu border within the wee hours of Monday. The deceased has been recognized as Baghel Ram of Phillaur in Jalandhar district of Punjab. The physique has been despatched to the mortuary on the normal hospital in Sonepat.

*Panipat: Farmers block Panipat-Rohtak freeway close to Shahpur and Mudlana villages. No affect witnessed up to now in Panipat city. All markets in Panipat stay open.

*Rohtak: Nationwide and state highways put on a abandoned look as folks keep away from going out in view of Bharat Bandh. Teams of protesting farmers stage dharnas on totally different highways passing via the district.

*Faridabad: No affect of the Bharat Bandh up to now in Faridabad and Palwal districts. Bus, prepare and Metro rail functioning as common. With the imposition of Part 144, police have been deployed at varied factors to forestall any untoward incident. 

*Palwal: Site visitors motion disrupted on the Nationwide Freeway 19 close to Antoha village after lots of of farmers and supporters squat on the freeway. A spokesperson from the Bharatiya Kisan Union stated the blockade would proceed until four pm. Emergency autos are allowed to go with out hindrance, he stated. Police have diverted site visitors to keep away from jams.

*Jhajjar: Metro prepare companies suspended in Bahadurgarh city in view of Bharat Bandh name.

*Full bandh noticed in Hisar district, together with railway companies and highway transport.

Farmer chief Rakesh Tikait prepares meals for the protesting farmers on the Ghazipur border. Press Reporter photograph: Manas Ranjan Bhui

*Rohtak: Dealer unions oppose name for Bharat Bandh given by farmers, say outlets and different industrial institutions to open as common.

*Gurugram: No farmers at Delhi-Gurugram border. Nonetheless, there’s a main site visitors congestion owing to heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces. Delhi Police examine autos that results in a jam.

*Railway monitor is blocked close to Fatehgarh village in Charkhi Dadri district by protesting farmers.

*Rohtak: Farmers block all nationwide and state highways passing via Rohtak. Stage dharnas at a number of factors; protests peaceable.

*Sangrur: Farmers block Sangrur-Patiala, Sangrur-Ludhiana, and Sangrur-Bathinda roads.

*Bhiwani: Street blocked at Dhanana village.

 Farmers block Chandigarh-Bathinda nationwide freeway close to Passiana police station in Patiala district. 

*Hisar: A prepare is stopped close to Ramayan village the place farmers sit on dharna at a toll plaza. The Hisar-Bhiwani railway line is blocked close to Ramayan village in Hisar district. Farmers block Ludas-Shahpur highway in Hisar district. Farmers sit in center of the highway at Baddo Patti toll plaza in Hisar district.

*Jhajjar: Protesting farmers sit on the Rohtak-Delhi monitor at Bahadurgarh railway station close to Tikri border. Protesting farmers increase slogans in opposition to three farm legal guidelines and the Modi govt at Bahadurgarh railway station close to Tikri border.

Outlets closed in Karnal.

*Karnal: Most outlets within the metropolis are closed at 9 am. Farmers take out a march within the metropolis. Farmers won’t block the NH-44 in Karnal, says Jagdeep Singh Aulakh, state core committee member, BKU (Charuni). “Our focus is on the town. We request the merchants to help the farming group. To this point, now we have acquired response within the CM’s metropolis,” says Aulakh.

*Ludhiana: Passengers of long-route trains, which get stranded at Ahmedgarh, are among the many worst affected as they journey with households together with youngsters, aged individuals and sufferers. Nonetheless, activists of social organisations maintain medical help camp and langar for them.

*Patiala: Farmers block Chandigarh-Bathinda nationwide freeway close to Passiana police station.

*Mansa: Farmers block Sirsa-Mansa highway at Sardulgarh and Bathinda-Patiala highway at Bhainibagha village.

Protesting farmers sit on the Rohtak-Delhi monitor at Bahadurgarh railway station close to Tikri border in Jhajjar.

*Chandigarh-Pathankot freeway closed for vehicular site visitors at Mangarh by protesting farmers.

*BKU Dakaunda volunteers have closed the gate of Punjabi College in Patiala.

*Ludhiana: All primary and hyperlink roads passing via the district blocked for vehicular site visitors. Protesting farmers, holding banners and placards in opposition to farm legal guidelines, squatting on the center of the roads, not permitting anybody to go via. Commuters in for main inconvenience. Police have made elaborate preparations to avert any untoward incident, stated Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.

Farmers protest at Jagraon railway station.

*Kaithal: Farmers block a number of main roads in Kaithal, together with at Titram Mor.

*Doaba Kisan Committee organises blockades at a number of locations on highways operating via Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur.

*Farmers begin holding protests at 19 locations in Bathinda district and 10 locations in Mansa district.

*Ambala: Farmers block Delhi-Ambala nationwide freeway in Shahbad, Shambhu Toll plaza, NH344 in Mullana.

*Karnal: Clean site visitors move on the NH-44 in Karnal district. Farmers block six main roads — Karnal-Kaithal highway in Nissing, Karnal-Assandh highway, Assandh-Jind highway, Assandh-Safidon highway, Assandh-Panipat highway. Farmers are assembling in Karnal to take a march within the metropolis. Numerous farmers are anticipated to assemble within the metropolis, says Jagdeep Singh Aulakh, state core committee member, BKU (Charuni).  “We’ll enchantment to the merchants to help the farmers,” Aulakh says. Deployment of heavy police power and an organization of RAF close to Mini Secretariat.

Farmers lifted blockade from all of the roads in Karnal after the bandh name ended at four pm.

*Street blocked by protesting farmers at Tanda Urmur.

*Morning Shatabdi from Chandigarh to Delhi delayed.

*Farmers protest throughout Bharat Bandh by blocking railway tracks at Barnala.

 

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