The 32 places where the movement of trains have been disrupted, they fall under the Delhi, Ambala and Ferozepur railway blocks. Northern Railway spokesperson Deepak Kumar said, ‘The agitating farmers have been seen sitting at 32 places at nine in the morning.
Farmers closed Ghazipur border (Photo-ANI)
On Friday, protesters blocked rail tracks at 32 places in Punjab and Haryana, disrupting rail traffic as part of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call of farmers’ unions protesting against three agricultural laws for the last four months. A railway spokesperson said that four Shatabdi trains have been canceled due to the protests and 31 other trains have been stopped.
The 32 places where the movement of trains have been disrupted, they fall under the Delhi, Ambala and Ferozepur railway blocks. Northern Railway spokesperson Deepak Kumar said, ‘The agitating farmers have been seen sitting at 32 places at nine in the morning. A total of 31 trains have been stopped so far. Four Shatabdi trains have been canceled. The United Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for a shutdown from 6 am to 6 pm on the completion of four months of the ongoing farmers’ agitation at the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikari borders of Delhi.
Significantly, thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of Delhi for the last four months. These farmers are demanding a complete repeal of the three new agricultural laws and a legal guarantee of minimum support price on their crops. As a nationwide movement, farmers gathered on several national highways, major roads and some railway tracks in Punjab and Haryana on Friday morning. According to the United Kisan Morcha (SKM), Bharat Bandh is being organized from 6 am to 6 pm today to mark the completion of four months of the ongoing farmers’ agitation at the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders of Delhi.
An official said that a heavy police force has been deployed in both the states as part of security measures. Farmers have gathered on several highways and roads at many places in both states, including Bathinda, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Mohali, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Bhiwani districts. A group of farmers staging protests in Zirakpur and Kharar towns of Punjab said that they were allowing ambulance and other emergency vehicles to go. Police said that some protesters blocked the Ambala-Delhi highway near Ambala Cantt.
Railway officials said that another group blocked a railway track near Shahpur village, about five kilometers from Ambala Cantt, due to which all trains running between Delhi and Saharanpur are stuck. The farmers also blocked the Ambala-Rajpura highway on the Haryana-Punjab border near the Shambhu barrier and the Ambala-Hisar highway near Ambala City.
Blockade on various highways in Naraingarh and Mullana
Police said that blockades were carried out on various highways in Narayangarh and Mullana in Haryana. SKM, a joint organization of protesting unions, appealed to the protesting farmers to protest peacefully during the bandh and not to engage in any kind of illegal dispute and conflict. SKM said in a statement, “All shops, malls, markets and institutions will remain closed under the entire Bharat Bandh. All small and big roads and trains will be blocked. All services except ambulance and other essential services will remain suspended. The impact of the Bharat Bandh will be seen within Delhi as well.
Farmer leaders have said that road and rail transport will be stopped. He claimed that the markets would also be closed. He also claimed that trade unions of organized and unorganized sectors and transport and other organizations have also supported the call for the Bharat Bandh. Meanwhile, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex religious organization of the Sikhs, has also supported the nationwide protest.
SGPC offices will remain closed in support of Bharat Bandh
SGPC President Jagir Kaur said on Thursday that SGPC’s offices will be closed on Friday in support of the Bharat Bandh. The statement issued by SKM claimed that representatives of various farmer organizations, trade unions, student organizations, bar associations, political parties and state governments have supported its call for nationwide protests.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of Delhi for about four months. These farmers are opposing all three agricultural laws and are demanding a complete repeal and legal guarantee of minimum support price on their crops. (language)