Farmer outfits across the country are observing Bharat Bandh today to protest against the three contentious agricultural legislation passed in Parliament. As part of the agitations, the farmers held demonstrations in many parts of the country and blocked highways leading to New Delhi using trucks, tractors and combine harvesters.Also Read - Karnataka Imposes Additional Curbs With Ban On Rallies, Protests; Intensifies Surveillance At Borders | List of Fresh Restrictions Here

However, the farmers ensured that the protests are being held peacefully and cooperated with the police, with no disruption of law and order. Three videos have emerged on social media which show people making way for an approaching ambulance and have gone viral since then. Also Read - PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana Latest Update: Govt Makes Big Announcement, Over 10 Crore Farmers To Receive Rs 20,000 Crore On Jan 1

The first video shows protesting farmers making way for the ambulance on the Amritsar-Pathankot highway. Watch: Also Read - iPhone Maker Foxconn’s Plant Near Chennai To Stay Shut This Week Following Protests: Report

In a similar second video, a large number of farmers help an ambulance find its way through the crowd in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur.

The third video is from Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor  and the fourth from Mumbai:

Many social media users lauded the police and farmers for ensuring a peaceful protest while some others lamented the violation of social distancing protocols.

Cutting across party lines, the day-long statewide protests by farmers evoked a huge response and normal life was disrupted.

However, amid nationwide farmer protests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi insisted on Friday that, “Small and marginal farmers, who constitute 86 per cent of those involved in agriculture, will benefit the most from agricultural reforms and the new laws.”

The protests are largely against three bills that were recently passed by Parliament in its monsoon session — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill.

(With IANS inputs)