Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates: The 10-hour nationwide strike called by Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of over 40 farm unions leading the agitation against the Centre’s three agri laws, disrupted vehicular movement at Delhi-Meerut Expressway as the protesting farmers had blocked all its carriageways. “The traffic movement has been closed from Uttar Pradesh towards Ghazipur due to protest”, tweeted Delhi Traffic Police. Moreover, protesting farmers have also blocked the Shambhu border (Punjab-Haryana border), Delhi-Amritsar National Highway at Shahabad till 4 pm.Also Read - Lakhimpur Violence: Main accused Ashish Mishra Shifted to Govt Hospital After Testing Positive For Dengue
“It was on September 27, 2020, that President Shri Ram Nath Kovind assented to and brought into force the three anti-farmer black laws last year. There will be a total Bharat Bandh observed around the country from 6 AM to 4 PM”, the SKM had said in a statement, assuring that the bandh will be enforced in a voluntary and peaceful manner. Notably, farmers have been protesting at different sites since November 26 last year against the three enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains. Also Read - Singhu Killing: Lakhbir Was 'Lured' to Farmers' Protest Site, Had Only Rs 50 in Pocket, Claims Family | 10 Points
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Bharat Bandh Today | Highlights
3.45 PM: Normal life was hit as farmers blocked highways and squatted on railway tracks at many places in Punjab and Haryana on Monday.
3.30 PM: Markets remained open and business activities were largely unaffected in the national capital on Monday, though massive traffic snarls were witnessed in border areas due to road blockades by protesters
3.15 PM: Assam remained unaffected by the Bharat Bandh on Monday as public transport operated as usual, markets were open and offices registered usual attendance.
14:45 PM: Our ‘Bharat Bandh’ was successful. We had the full support of farmers… We can’t seal down everything as we have to facilitate the movement of people. We are ready for talks with govt, but no talks are happening: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait
14:00 PM: He (Yogi Adityanath) had promised in the manifesto to raise value of sugarcane to Rs 375-Rs 450, yet he increased only Rs 25. He should give an account of the losses faced. The govt has failed completely. Crops are not being sold at MSP rates, said BKU leader Rakesh Tikait.
13:40 PM: A farmer has reportedly died during protests at the Singhu border. Police said the death was due to a heart attack.
13:40 PM: “I can understand their situation. This is a farmers’ issue, Congress will protest on streets. If farmers ask us to leave from here, we will go back. We have come here for farmers, there is no political agenda”, said Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhary.
13:38 PM: Some agitating farmers, at Ghazipur border, ask Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhary to leave from their site of protest where he had come to join them. “We told him that we thank him for his support during Bandh but ours is an apolitical protest&platform. We announced earlier that we won’t allow political parties on our platform. So we requested him to protest a little distant from our site. We’re not opposing”, said Praveen Malik, BKU.
13:00 PM: “They (Rakesh Tikait) call themselves ‘Kisan neta & then announce Bharat Bandh, which affects economy & farmers. How does it even benefit anyone? They want to follow in footsteps of Taliban by continuing similar activities”, Bhanu Pratap Singh, BKU-BHANU President.
13:00 PM: In Kerala, protesters of several trade unions including Indian National Trade Union Congress, Centre of Indian Trade Unions and All India Trade Union Congress form a human chain in Kochi to support the call for Bharat Bandh today against the three farm laws
12:31 PM: Rahul Gandhi extends support to farmers
12:00 PM: In view of Bharath Bandh, we barricaded the Rajokri border (Delhi-Gurugram) which resulted in a traffic jam at this section. Now, the situation is normal and traffic is smooth as we loosened the barricades, said Ingit Pratap Singh, DCP Special Cell.
11:47 AM: Train operations affected in Delhi, Ambala and Firozpur divisions as people are sitting on railway tracks. More than 20 locations are being blocked in Delhi division. About 25 trains affected in Ambala and Firozpur divisions, said Northern Railway.
11:30 AM: Protesters agitating against the three farm laws break police barricade in Anna Salai area of Chennai, in support of Bharat Bandh called by farmer organisations today; protesters detained by police
11:15 AM: Traffic movement is closed on Red Fort Both the carriageways Chhatta Rail and Subhash Marg are closed from both sides.
09:50 AM: Left parties protest in front of Vijayawada bus station. “It’s a national protest against policies of central govt. Farmers are protesting since last 10 months against the 3 farm laws”, said P Madhu, State Secy, CPI (M).
09:41 AM: Roads wear deserted look; shops are closed in Thiruvananthapuram. Trade unions affiliated to LDF & UDF support the call for Bharat Bandh today against the three farm laws.
09:06 AM: Various organizations protest outside Kalaburagi Central bus station in Karnataka.”Many organizations are supporting our farmers and participating in the nation-wide call for bandh,” said protester K Neela.
09:00 AM: RJD leader Mukesh Raushan and other members & workers of the party protest in Hajipur, in support of Bharat Bandh called by farmer organisations against the 3 farm laws. Traffic congestion is seen on Hajipur-Muzaffarpur road, movement on Mahatma Gandhi Setu affected too.
08:58 AM: In Amritsar, Punjab, at all locations where farmers are protesting, forces have been deployed since 5 am. Farmers’ protests are peaceful, so forces have also been told to not behave untowardly with them and bring to my notice if something happens, said inspector Sanjeev Kumar.
08:35 AM: “Entry/exit for Pandit Shree Ram Sharma has been closed,” tweeted Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
08:28 AM: We’ve not sealed down anything, we just want to send a message. We appeal to the shopkeepers to keep their shops closed for now and open only after 4pm. No farmer is coming here from outside, said Rakesh Tikait, BKU
08:00 AM: The traffic movement has been closed from Uttar Pradesh towards Ghazipur due to protest.
07:45 AM: The police have diverted traffic at several places as the farmers blocked the highways.
07:00 AM: Heavy police presence could be seen at various places in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab to maintain law and other in view of the protest by farmers
06:30 AM: The Bandh will be held till 4 PM. During this period, all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments as well as public events and functions will be closed throughout the country.
06:25 AM: Exemptions to the bandh include all emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores, relief and rescue work and people attending to personal emergencies.
06:25 AM:“Roads will be closed, but if someone wants to go to the doctor’s clinic, they can go. Ambulances, vegetable and milk vehicles will run. Apart from that, everything will be closed. All traders and shopkeepers should support the bandh,” said SKM leader Rakesh Tikait.
06:20 AM: Furthermore, Tikait had stated that farmers will not enter Delhi during the bandh. However, toll blocks will be closed. “This is the movement of the common people. People should take a day off and leave the house only after 4 o’clock,” Tikait stated.
06:00 AM: Bharat Bandh has garnered support from more than 500 farmer organizations, 15 trade unions, political parties, six state governments and varied sections of society. State governments of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh have extended their support to the Bharat Bandh protest.
06:00 AM: All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) has also extended its support to the farmers. AIBOC requested the government to re-open dialogue with the Samyukta Kisan Morcha on their demands and rescind the three contentious farm laws. AIBOC affiliates and state units will join in solidarity with the protest actions of the farmers all over the country on Monday, the union said in a statement.