Bharat Bandh: Traffic movement towards Delhi from UP, Punjab affected

Farmers are holding a 10-hour-long pan-India blockade today to mark 1 year since the contentious farm laws were passed.
Farmers blocked Delhi-Amritsar National Highway in Haryana (ANI)
Farmers blocked Delhi-Amritsar National Highway in Haryana (ANI)
Updated on Sep 27, 2021 09:49 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Karan Manral, New Delhi

Traffic movement towards Delhi from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab was severely affected on Monday as farmers, protesting against the three central agricultural laws, blocked key routes towards the national capital as part of Bharat Bandh that commenced at 6am today.

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“Traffic alert! Traffic movement has been closed from UP towards Ghazipur due to protest,” the Delhi Traffic Police informed in an early morning tweet.

 

Ghazipur border is among three places in Delhi where farmers have camped since November last year in protest against the agricultural laws. The city's borders with Haryana at Singhu and Tikri are the other two protest sites.

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Meanwhile, protesters in Haryana's Kurukshetra brought traffic to a halt by blocking the key Delhi-Amritsar National Highway.

Today's pan-India blockade is being observed to mark one full year since the contentious legislations were passed. In view of the protest, called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions spearheading the agitation, security has been tightened by police forces in various states.

Most opposition parties in the country, including the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) etc. have extended support to the bandh call by the SKM.

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Total 11 rounds of talks between the SKM and the Union government, represented by agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his Cabinet colleagues, Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash, have failed to resolve the impasse. The Centre has categorically refused to accept the agitators' demand to withdraw the laws.

On January 26, a tractor rally held by farmers in Delhi resulted in clashes with the city police.

 

 

 

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