Nearly five hours to a 12-hour national blockade,
which was called by farmers who protested agricultural legislation imposed by the government, a number of farmers and activists had blocked the main highway, railroad routes and ensured market closure in several regions. Bandh Bharat Friday, from 6am to 6pm, marked the completion of the four months of farmer agitation.
Farmers have camped on various Delhi borders since November 26 last year demanding a complete rollback of new agricultural law.
Farmer Union Leader Rakesh Tikait,
who was in Yamunanagar Haryana last night on Thursday has confirmed that national closure will be successful and will get support from many. “We demand that the three laws must be brought back over the past four months and the government must accept demands,” he said.
While the blockade has been summoned in all states,
the impact is mostly seen in the northern state of Punjab and Haryana and Delhi. The farmers have gathered on several highways and roads in two countries including in Bathinda, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Mohali, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Bhiwani districts.
Some protesters also blocked the highway Ambala-Delhi near Ambala Cantt, police said. According to officials, heavy security has been deployed in two states.
Shutdown was also observed in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh in which members of the left parties held a demonstration at Maddilapalem Junction on the Agriculture Law and the Privatization of the Vizag Steel Factory, Ani News Agency, added that the rally would be organized on national highways. 16, which is connected between Kolkata to Chennai, later on.
Samkyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has appealed to demonstrators to be peace and not involved in all types of illegal debate and conflict during the ‘bandh’. “All shops, malls, markets and institutions will still be closed under the complete Bandh Bharat. All small and large roads and trains will be blocked. All services will remain suspended except for ambulances and other important services. The Bharat Bandh effect will be observed in it Delhi Also, “the umbrella body of the trade union said in a statement, according to PTI. In video messages, SKM leader Darshan Pal said that the supply of vegetables and milk will also be stopped by farmers who protested.
The farmers and central leadership have so far held 11 rounds of meetings that failed to end the deadlock for the laws cleaned during last year’s Monsoon Parliament session.