Sunday, November 28, 2021

Bharat bandh: Shops closed, traffic disrupted in Punjab, Haryana; Chandigarh unaffected

Cutting across party lines and trade unions, the 12-hour long statewide protests on Friday by farmers evoked a good response in Punjab and Haryana as normal life was disrupted, but in Chandigarh it was almost normal.

Rail traffic across Punjab and Haryana was badly hit as farmers, farm labourers, commission agents, trade unions and activists of political parties squatted on railway lines and national highways.

However, there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the states. Emergency medical services were exempted from the blockade.

The activists of several farmer associations were seen asking traders at several places in the Congress-ruled Punjab to keep their shops and business establishments closed to mark the pan-India protest.

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Reports of blocking roads and highways were received from Punjab’s Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Moga, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and other places.

Sufficient security arrangements were made in both the states to prevent any untoward incident, said a senior police official here.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) General Secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said the farmers would observe complete blockade of rail and road movement. Taxis and other vehicles would also not be allowed.

Tricity residents affected at Mohali, Panchkula

Farmer unions blocked the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway on Friday morning, observing the ‘Bharat Bandh’. Massive protests broke out at the McDonald point in Zirakpur. Despite this, they also barred K-Area lights on Zirakpur-Panchkula road. Long queues of vehicles were witnessed here.

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Farmers union have also blocked National Highways in the Mohali district. The Zirakpur-Patiala road was also blocked by the protesting farmers from the Airport light points since this morning.

Due to the Bharat Bandh, passengers in Chandigarh face an inconvenience as the Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express stopped at Chandigarh Railway Station as the farmers blocked the railway traffic during the nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’, called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha.

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