Bharat Bandh today as protesting marks 10 months of agitation, trains stand cancelled
Delhi – The farmer unions don’t seem to back down as the almost year-old protests against controversial three farm laws continue. Farmer organizations have called for “Bharat Bandh” today, Monday, September 27, 2021. As a result of these protests and bandh, trains stand canceled.
The all-India Bharat Bandh has been called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is the umbrella body of more than 40 farm unions that is heading the agitation by farmers. SKM said in a statement, “As this historic struggle completes 10 months, SKM has called Monday to be observed as Bharat Bandh against the anti-farmer Modi government. The bandh will be observed from 6 am to 4 pm during which all private and government offices, educational institutions, industries, shops, and commercial establishments will be closed pan India. Furthermore, no public events and functions would be held.
Northern Railways impacted
At least 25 trains under Northern Railways are reported to be impacted till now. Northern Railways said, “More than 20 locations are being blocked in Delhi, Ambala, and Firozpur divisions. About 25 trains affected.”
Tightened security at Capital border points by Delhi Police
Security has been increased by Delhi Police on the border of the capital ahead of the bandh on Monday. A senior official has said that adequate security measures have been taken to maintain law and order and to prevent any untoward incident. Additionally, patrolling has been ramped up with all vehicles entering the national capital being checked.
SKM has said that no movements would be allowed in certain portions of national highways. This morning the Delhi-Meerut Expressway was blocked near the Ghazipur site of protest affecting incoming traffic from Uttar Pradesh. Delhi borders with Gurgaon and Noida witnessed heavy traffic jams.
The Shambhu border between Punjab and Haryana has also been blocked by the farmers. “It is expected the agitating groups may sit on dharna on roads and highways and block them for some time. The national and state highways in Haryana may see some traffic disruptions for several hours,” a state police spokesperson said on Sunday.
Auto rickshaws and taxis would be operating normally in Delhi. Some shops in the National Capital too are open while extending only “in-principle” support to the bandh.
Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has extended support to farm unions on behalf of his party. “Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee firmly stands by farmer unions’ demand for Bharat Bandh on September 27, 2021. In the war of right and wrong, you cannot afford to be neutral. We urge every Congress worker to fight with all their might against the three unconstitutional black laws,” Sidhu tweeted.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said on Monday morning, “The Agirculture Minister is asking us to come for talks. We want to ask him to tell us the time and place. He simply says it for the sake of it. We will not leave even if it takes 10 years.”