United Front claims – Our Bharat Bandh successful: Widespread effect in Haryana-Punjab-Chandigarh, more than 70 trains affected due to closure of NH and rail tracks, bus traffic also came to a standstill

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The United Kisan Morcha has called for a Bharat Bandh on Monday from 6 am to 4 pm in protest against the new agricultural laws. On the other hand, the United Kisan Morcha has claimed that their Bharat Bandh was successful. The effect of the bandh was widely seen in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Only emergency services including medical remained operational. Buses and other public transport services came to a complete standstill due to the closure of all state and national highways at all three places. In Punjab and Haryana, more than 70 trains have been either stopped or cancelled. At the same time, due to the closure of the market, there was not much activity in the cities. Children were also given leave in schools. However, the shutdown in Himachal remained ineffective.

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BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said that the Bharat Bandh was a complete success and it got full support of farmers everywhere. He said that it was our priority to facilitate the movement of needy people during the bandh. He said that the farmers are ready to talk to the government, but nothing is happening. It is worth noting that about 40 farmers’ organizations involved in the United Kisan Morcha have called for a Bharat Bandh on September 27, on completion of one year of the President’s assent to the new agricultural laws. During this, the main opposition parties including Congress, Aam Aadmi Party announced their support for the farmers’ bandh. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the physical hearing.

Massive impact in Haryana

Farmers closed roads and tracks in Hisar, Hansi, Fatehabad, Bhiwani and Sirsa districts early in the morning. The farmers had given an ultimatum to the administration to block the road at 213 places and track at 8 points. Whereas in Rohtak, 7 NHs were blocked by farmers at 10 places. Farmers gathered at 4 places in Panipat district. At the same time, the Delhi-Rewari-Jaipur highway was closed. The farmers protesting at Jaisinghpur Kheda border also closed the service lane. 

Karnal: Youth came to the market with controversial flags, photos and sticks

During the bandh in Karnal, some youths took to the streets with sticks and sticks to get the markets and shops closed. He held Bhindranwala’s photographs and flags in his hand. The shopkeepers expressed anger over the closure of the shops, although they closed the shops in view of the possibility of sabotage. There was jam at 13 places in the district including the State Highway. SP Karnal Gangaram Punia said that the traffic was diverted from the place where the jam was imposed. The police also stayed in the markets so that no person could forcibly put pressure on the shopkeepers. Videography was done under the supervision of duty magistrate.

Jam on NH-19 and Panipat-Haridwar road in Palwal

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In Palwal, the farmers completely blocked the NH 19 near the site of the farmers’ protest. Due to the jam, there was a long queue of vehicles on both sides of the highway. Heavy police force is also present at the spot. At the same time, Ugrakhedi, Sanauli Road in Panipat were blocked by farmer organizations. The road connects the 2 states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Farmers parked tractor trolley and completely closed the road. Only essential services like ambulances and other emergencies were allowed to go. Ram Niwas Malik said that the farmers are hurt by the three black laws and hence took to the streets. 

Vegetable buyers not found in the market

The bandh also had a massive impact in the mandis. During this, regular buyers could not reach the mandis due to the closure of traffic. This also had an impact on the price of vegetables. The prices of many vegetables have reached half as much as on normal days. Due to non-availability of buyers, the stock remained lying in the market.

Ineffective closed in Himachal, picketing near Victory Tunnel

Not much effect of the farmers’ Bharat bandh was seen in Himachal Pradesh. Markets remained open in all districts. The shopkeepers were seen waiting for the customers by opening the shops since morning. In Shimla, CITU briefly staged a sit-in on the Victory Tunnel in support of the farmers’ movement and Bharat Bandh. During this, some student organizations also supported the protesters. This blocked the road.

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All buses going to Punjab from Himachal Road Transport Corporation were stopped. No bus left from Himachal for Punjab. This decision was taken keeping in view the convenience of the people. The routes of those buses which used to reach Kangra from Himachal via Una, Hoshiarpur, were also diverted. HRTC GM Pankaj Singhal said that due to the closure of the highway in Punjab, the buses had to be stopped at Parwanoo. In the morning, HRTC sent about 130 buses to Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana and other places, but all had to be called back from the state border. The HRTC bus service for Jammu remained smooth as before. 

The boundaries of the tricity were sealed as soon as the morning

At the same time, the borders of Chandigarh-Panchkula-Mohali were sealed since morning in view of the bandh. However, traffic diversion was also done at many places in view of the inconvenience of the people. Also, tight security arrangements were made at malls, main places of the city as well as other business establishments

There was also an effect on the movement of trains

Trains passing through Haryana and Punjab also saw a massive impact of the bandh. Railways canceled 27 trains in Punjab. Of these, 13 are going outside the state and 14 inside. At the same time, 8 trains including Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Special were short terminated. At the same time, Malwa Express and Dadar Express came and stood at Kurukshetra railway station in Haryana some time back. Both the trains will stop here. Malwa Express was going to Vaishno Devi, Katra and Dadar Express was going to Amritsar. Swaraj Express was stopped in Karnal, Gurdwara Dera Kar Sewa anchored for the passengers of this train. 

Trouble increased due to bandh in Punjab

In the wake of the bandh in Punjab, farmers camped on the highway and rail track. Delhi-Amritsar-Pathankot highway remained closed due to jam. In Jalandhar itself, more than 2000 security personnel were deployed to handle the system. In Ludhiana, farmers sat down at 18 places including Ladowal Toll Plaza, MBD Mall, Bharat Nagar Chowk and Jagraon Bridge. Traders also closed the entire market, giving support to the farmers.

Farmers prevented from dharna in Moga in the morning

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On Monday morning at 6:00 am on the railway line in village Dagroo of Moga, farmers tried to stage a dharna on the railway track. Police Station SHO Kashmir Singh, along with the police team, explained to the farmers and persuaded them to stage a dharna on the track after 7:00 pm. After this the farmers left the track and again sat on the railway track at 7:00 in the morning.

Farmers should agitate but maintain peace: Manohar

CM Manohar Lal said that there is democracy. Farmers may agitate, but my appeal is that they do so peacefully. Don’t force someone to stop. In a democracy, everyone has the right to work under his system. Security is tight in the state. The whole system will remain in place.

People of all sections should cooperate in Bharat Bandh: Chadhuni

BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni says that they will not stop ambulances, fire brigade and emergency vehicles. CM Manohar Lal also appealed to maintain peace and ordered to keep the security system tight. INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala while expressing gratitude to the farmers said that at their behest, Bharat Bandh was done for 27 instead of 25. Chadhuni requested all the sections to keep their respective institutions closed. Whether they are tradesmen, traders, transporters, sellers of goods or are employees. 

Farmers will play wrestling-kabaddi, dust

Chaduni said that the police have started sending summons to the farmers against whom cases are registered. The police have started calling through the court. We will not allow any farmer brother to be arrested. The farmers of Haryana are brave. Now the farmer will not eat logs. If this time there is atrocities with the farmers, then we will gherao the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. If the government does not accept the demands of the farmers soon, then tents will be set up in front of the Prime Minister’s Kothi. The government should remove the excuse of considering the farmers weak. Farmers are wrestling and kabaddi people, they will die only after licking the dust.

Chautala expressed gratitude to the farmers

INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said that earlier farmers had fixed September 25 as the day for Bharat Bandh. On getting information about this, talked to the farmers and asked them to call 27 instead of 25. The program of Tau Devi Lal Jayanti was not affected, that is why he expresses his gratitude to the farmers on behalf of the party.