As farmers protesting against three contentious agricultural laws hold an all-India strike – Bharat Bandh – today to mark four months of their agitation at Delhi’s borders, rail traffic was affected this morning.
Some trains from Delhi to Chandigarh, Amritsar, Kalka among other destinations were cancelled this morning.
Road traffic has also been hit in some parts. Demonstrations were also reported at National Highway-9 near one of three protest epicenters in the national capital – the Ghazipur border. Policemen have set up barricades to block the movement of protesters.
In a video message, Samkyukta Kisan Morcha leader Darshan Pal earlier said that supplies of vegetables and milk will also stopped by the protesting farmers. The Samkyukta Kisan Morcha – an umbrella body of protesting unions – also appealed to protesting farmers to be peaceful and not get involved in any kind of illegitimate debate and conflict during the ”bandh”.
The all-India strike, which began at 6 AM, will continue till 6 PM, farmers’ body Samyukt Kisaan Morcha said, adding that the ”bandh” will also be observed in the national capital.
“Farmers will block rail tracks in various places. Markets and transport services will be closed during ”Bharat Bandh” senior farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
However, the Confederation of All India Traders, which claimed representation of eight crore traders in the the country, said that markets will remain open on March 26 as it is not participating in the ”Bharat Bandh”, PTI reported.
The farmers’ protest at the Delhi borders started on November 26 at three epicentres- Singhu border, Ghazipur and Tikri. Despite several rounds of consultations, the government and the farmers’ bodies have failed to reach a consensus on
On January 26, as the protest completed two months, the farmers had held a tractor rally which had ended in violence as the protesters over-ran the iconic Mughal-era Red Fort.