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Bharat Bandh: Farmers Block Highways, Rail Tracks; Traffic Hit On Delhi, Haryana Borders

Farmers around the country are participating in the Bharat Bandh to protest the three central farm laws, which they claim will expose them to competition from large corporations.

Throughout the 10-hour Bharat Bandh organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Monday, farmers opposing the three central farm legislation blocked highways and railway tracks, disrupting traffic in numerous locations, as police deployed in Haryana and Delhi. In light of the Bharat Bandh, police in Delhi and Haryana increased security in border regions of the national capital, and a senior police officer said appropriate security plans had been taken to preserve peace and stability and avoid any untoward occurrence.

According to police sources, patrolling has been increased, and more troops have been stationed at pickets, particularly on all highways going to Delhi through villages and adjacent border areas, where every vehicle reaching the national capital is properly inspected. According to Deepak Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi), a preventive step, substantial security arrangements have been taken in light of the Bharat Bandh. Pickets at the border have been reinforced, and all key installations, such as India Gate and Vijay Chowk, have enough deployment, according to Deepak Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi).


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According to the official, no activist is permitted to enter Delhi from the three protest camps along the city's borders. Another officer said that the security is proactive, and they are on high attention. In Delhi, there is no call for a Bharat Bandh, but they are keeping an eye on things and have enough troops on the ground.

Farmers in Punjab have camped at Rajpura, Bahadurgarh Toll Plaza, southern bypass, and railway tracks in Patiala and Nabha, blocking the Chandigarh-Bathinda road in various places. A few tourist trains destined for Ambala Cantonment and beyond are also claimed to be stalled at the Yamunanagar-Jagadhri railway station, although the Ambala Railway Division has yet to issue an official statement.

Farmers in Punjab have camped at Rajpura, Bahadurgarh Toll Plaza, southern bypass, and railway tracks in Patiala and Nabha, blocking the Chandigarh-Bathinda road in various places. A few tourist trains destined for Ambala Cantonment and beyond are also claimed to be stalled at the Yamunanagar-Jagadhri railway station, although the Ambala Railway Division has yet to issue an official statement.

Protection has been strengthened at the Singhu and Tikri borders, where farmers have been tented for the past year, according to police authorities. Metro stations from Tikri to Bahadurgarh have closed their entrance and exit gates, causing transit to Delhi to be difficult.

SKM leader Inderjit Singh said the Bharat Bandh is being observed to send a warning to the Centre to abolish the three farm legislation. They have asked shops and small industrial proprietors to close their doors until 4 p.m. in favour of farmers. Doctors, medical personnel, and those travelling to the hospital for a crisis can all get through. To express their voice, they have taken to the highways and railway tracks.

Rakesh Tikait, a representative for the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), claimed previously in the day that emergency vehicles are permitted to travel on the roadways. Ambulances, physicians, and anyone travelling to the hospital for a medical problem are all permitted to pass through. The news agency ANI quoted Rakesh Tikait as saying, "We haven't locked anything, we just want to convey a message."