scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Bharat Bandh Today highlights: Highways, rail tracks blocked; strike successful, says Rakesh Tikait

Bharat Bandh, Farmers Protest highlights: The bandh began at 6 am and ended at 4 pm on Monday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 27, 2021 8:25:00 pm
Bharat Bandh: Road blocked at Mullanpur-Chandigarh barrier by Farmers on Monday. (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

Bharat Bandh Live News highlights: Normal life was hit as farmers blocked highways and squatted on railway tracks at many places on the occasion of the Bharat Bandh called on Monday against the three contentious farm laws. The bandh began at 6 am and ended at 4 pm on Monday. BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said, “Our Bharat Bandh was successful. We had the full support of farmers…We can’t seal down everything as we have to facilitate the movement of people. We are ready for talks with the government but no discussions are happening.”

In both Punjab and Haryana, national highways, state highways, link road and railway tracks have been severally blocked, bringing road and rail traffic to a halt. In Punjab farmers protested at over 350 places. Punjab’s Additional Director General of Police(AGDP) has issued instructions to the police forces of the state to ensure law and order at protest places. A close watch is being kept at all the dharna sites. In Haryana too, highways are blocked 25 places alone in the Jind district.

In Punjab, the ruling Congress said it firmly stands by the farm unions’ Bharat Bandh call against the three contentious laws. The shutdown was almost complete in the state, with transport services suspended during the bandh period, while shops and other commercial establishments remained shut at most places. National and state highways in several districts, including Amritsar, Rupnagar, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Sangrur, Mohali, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Bathinda, were blocked by the protesters.

Vehicular movement was disrupted in several parts of Jharkhand as supporters of the Bharat Bandh blocked roads and highways. Shops were shut in state capital Ranchi, while government offices and banks functioned as usual. Farmers took out rallies on the major roads and held meetings.

Commercial establishments and local transport were operating as usual and normal life remained unaffected across Maharashtra even as various non-BJP parties held demonstrations and bike rallies in parts of the state in support of the Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions against the Centre’s three agri laws, officials said. An APMC remained closed in Pune and a pro-farmers’ outfit staged a road blockage in Nagpur, while some protesters were detained at some places and later released, they said.

Live Blog

Bharat Bandh Today highlights: Bharat Bandh comes to an end at 4 pm; major highways, roads blocked in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi; Follow latest updates here

18:11 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bharat Bandh against agri laws: Farmers block highways, railway tracks across states

Farmers blocked major highways and squatted on railway tracks in many states, including Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, during the Bharat bandh called by farmers’ bodies on Monday to protest against the new agri laws. The nationwide strike began at 6 am and ended at 4 pm.

Commercial establishments remained shut and the movement of public transport was affected in many places as major highways and railway tracks were blocked by the protesters.

The effect of the bandh was felt the most around Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, the centre of the farm protests, and also in large pockets of Kerala, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. Read more

17:58 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bandh evokes lukewarm response in Andhra Pradesh

The Bharat Bandh called on Monday protesting the three new Agricultural Laws evoked lukewarm response in Andhra Pradesh though the YSR Congress government lent support.

Heavy to very heavy rains in different districts had a severe impact on normal life, other than the bandh. Only at a few places like Tirupati, Anantapuramu and Kadapa did the opposition parties stage protests against the farm laws.

The main opposition Telugu Desam Party also supported the bandh, along with the Congress and the Left parties. (PTI)

17:57 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Cong asks PM Modi to talk to agitating farmers

As farmers across the country held protests as part of the Bharat Bandh, the Congress on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk to agitating farmers and listen to their legitimate grievances.

The Congress also alleged that instead of redressing the grievances of farmers, the government is trying to paint them as enemies of the country and that is why the farmers are protesting on the roads. (PTI)

17:56 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Mixed response to Bharath bandh in Pondy

There was a mixed response to the day-long Bharath bandh called for by farmers outfits on Monday to condemn the three farm reforms laws and demand their immediate rollback.

Government-run buses were operated although the number of passengers was less than usual. Private fleet operators, autos and tempos went off road. Government offices functioned as usual. Private schools declared a holiday for the day while the turnout of students in government schools for the restricted classes was poor, police sources said.

Workers and office-bearers of different trade unions, farmers associations and political parties supporting the bandh held demonstrations at various areas and courted arrest. Policemen were deployed in strength and there was no untoward incident. Petrol bunks on the outskirts of the town functioned normally. Shops and establishments remained closed so were vegetable and fish markets. (PTI)

17:08 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bharat bandh elicits mixed response in Maharashtra; symbolic protests held at many places

The Bharat bandh called to protest against the new farm laws elicited mixed response in Maharashtra on Monday, with symbolic protests being held at many places.

The ruling Congress and NCP supported the bandh but the Shiv Sena remained non-committal on the issue.

The ruling NCP held symbolic protests to express its solidarity with the farmers. State NCP chief and water resources minister Jayant Patil participated in the protests organised by his party unit in Aurangabad. At a public meeting, Patil led the workers wearing black badges to hold a symbolic protest.  

Patil said, “The NCP supports the bandh to highlight the plight of farmers. As a mark of protest, we not only held demonstrations but also wore black badges.” Read more

16:17 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Rallies, demonstrations in Jammu to demand repeal of three agri laws

Demonstrations and rallies were held across Jammu district on Monday in support of the Bharat Bandh called by farmers to demand repeal of the Centre's three agri laws. Led by CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami, hundreds of activists and farmers took out a rally and sat on a dharna on the main road here, leading to disruption of traffic.

Addressing the activists, Tarigami said these "anti-farmer" laws are bound to "destroy" the agriculture sector and threaten India's food security. "Besides, these laws will lay the basis for abolishment of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and mortgage the country's agriculture and markets to the corporate sector", he charged. Tarigami said the issue of providing fair price for farmers' produce by ensuring a minimum support price has been a long pending demand of farmers.

"On the one hand, the farmers are facing the brunt of increasing prices of diesel, petrol, fertilisers, other agricultural inputs and their daily necessities, and on the other hand, they are becoming poorer as their income is getting reduced," he said. (PTI)

16:17 (IST)27 Sep 2021
No major impact of Bharat Bandh in MP; Bhopal, Indore unaffected

The Bharat Bandh call given by some farmer unions against the Centre's new farm laws had no major impact in Madhya Pradesh on Monday as day-to-day and commercial activities went on as usual. Eyewitnesses said road traffic was normal in the state capital Bhopal and commercial hub Indore.

However, talking to PTI, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh national president Shivkumar Kakkaji claimed, "The bandh called by farmers against the three laws and for demanding guaranteed MSP for crops has been successful.

He further claimed that the outfit had given relaxation from the shutdown to Bhopal as most of its residents are (private and government sector) employees and not farmers, but the protest was successful in the farming community-dominated small towns of Nimar region, Shahdol, Umaria, Raisen and Silwani.

Kakkaji said he was sitting in the "control room" in Bhopal and was getting reports that the shutdown call was "successful", and added that no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. Peaceful protests were also seen in districts like Vidisha and Satna. (PTI)

16:16 (IST)27 Sep 2021
25 trains affected due to Bharat Bandh: Railways

About 25 trains have been affected due to the Bharat Bandh called by farm unions on Monday to protest the Centre's three agri laws, officials said. "More than 20 locations are being blocked in Delhi, Ambala, and Firozepur divisions.

About 25 trains are affected due to this," a spokesperson for the Northern Railway said. Officials said the Delhi-Amritsar Shan-e-Punjab, New Delhi-Moga Express, Old Delhi-Pathankot Express, Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi to Katra, and Amritsar Shatabdi are some of the trains that have been affected.

In the North-Western Railway zone, rail traffic on the Rewari-Bhiwani, Bhiwani-Rohtak, Bhiwani-Hisar and Hanumangarh-Sadulpur-Sriganganagar-Fatuhi sections has been affected due to the farmers' agitation.

According to Lt. Shashi Kiran, Chief Public Relations Officer, North-Western Railway, due to the bandh train, the Bathinda - Lalgarh special train service has been cancelled on Monday along with the Sriganganagar-Ambala special train service. (PTI)

15:44 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bengaluru DCP injured as SUV hits his leg during Bharat Bandh protests

Bengaluru DCP (North) Dharmendra Kumar Meena was injured as an SUV partially runs over his leg during Bharat Bandh protests near Goraguntepalya in the city. According to police sources, the injured DCP was given first-aid at the spot and he is now recovering. Police have seized the car and taken the driver into custody.

15:23 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Markets shut, roads blocked as Bharat Bandh affects life in Jharkhand

Vehicular movement was disrupted in several parts of Jharkhand on Monday as supporters of the Bharat Bandh blocked roads and highways. Shops were shut in state capital Ranchi, while government offices and banks functioned as usual.

In Ramgarh district, protesters blocked the Ranch-Patna highway and Ramgarh-Bokaro highway for some time, disrupting traffic, Superintendent of Police Prabhat Kumar told PTI.

Coal production at various mines of the Central Coalfields Ltd remained normal, but dispatch via road was affected due to blockades, said Amresh Singh, general manager, Banka-Sayal area. The construction work of NTPC-JV super thermal power project in Ramgarh was unaffected, said Sabastin Joseph, General Manager (HR) of Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Ltd. The shutdown had a major impact in the Chatra district with coal transportation at Tandwa and Piparwar getting affected.

Bandh supporters staged a massive demonstration outside the NTPC project in the district. Several roads in the district were blocked by JMM, CPI, RJD and Congress workers, leading to congestion on the highways. (PTI)

15:22 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bharat Bandh against agri laws fails to evoke response in Goa

The Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions against the Centre's three agri laws failed to evoke any response in Goa so far on Monday, officials said. All services, including public transport, banks, trains and commercial establishments, were operating normally in the coastal state, a senior police official said. “There have been no protests. Life remained normal,” he said.

There was no impact of the bandh in the state, he said, adding that enough precautions were taken to prevent any untoward incident during the day. Meanwhile, the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) supported the call for bandh.

"We have not stopped any work, but workers in all the industrial estates held protests for half-an-hour in their respective areas before resuming the work,” AITUC Goa unit secretary Suhas Naik said. He claimed that the demonstrations received good response from workers. (PTI)

15:20 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Farmers take out rallies, hold meetings in many districts of Rajasthan

The effect of the "Bharat Bandh" called by farmers against three agriculture laws of the Centre was visible in many districts of Rajasthan, including agriculture-dominated Ganganagar and Hanumangarh where the major mandis and markets remained closed. Farmers took out rallies on the major roads and held meetings.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the agitation against the three farm laws, has given the call for a "Bharat Bandh" to be observed on Monday. The effect of the shutdown was visible in many districts of the state, including Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Bikaner, Sikar and Nagaur. Mandis and markets were partially closed in the cities and towns of these districts.

The agitating farmers blocked the major roads and held meetings. The bandh also affected train services in the border districts. In Jaipur, farmers led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) took out a rally on tractor-trolleys. (PTI)

15:19 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Farmers block highways, squat on railway tracks at many places in Punjab, Haryana

Normal life was hit as farmers blocked highways and squatted on railway tracks at many places in Punjab and Haryana on Monday in view of a "Bharat Bandh" called by farm unions against three agriculture laws of the Centre. In Punjab, the ruling Congress said it firmly stands by the farm unions' "Bharat Bandh" call against the three contentious laws.

The shutdown was almost complete in the state, with transport services suspended during the bandh period, while shops and other commercial establishments remained shut at most places. National and state highways in several districts, including Amritsar, Rupnagar, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Sangrur, Mohali, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Bathinda, were blocked by the protesters.

In neighbouring Haryana, the protesters blocked highways in Sirsa, Fatehabad, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Hisar, Charkhi Dadri, Karnal, Kaithal, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Panchkula districts. The protesting farmers also squatted on railway tracks at many places in the two states. (PTI)

15:18 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Normal life unaffected in Maharashtra, non-BJP parties stage protests

Commercial establishments and local transport were operating as usual and normal life remained unaffected across Maharashtra on Monday even as various non-BJP parties held demonstrations and bike rallies in parts of the state in support of the Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions against the Centre's three agri laws, officials said. An APMC remained closed in Pune and a pro-farmers' outfit staged a road blockage in Nagpur, while some protesters were detained at some places and later released, they said.

In Mumbai, Congress workers, holding placards, assembled at some places like Andheri and Jogeshwari and shouted slogans against the farm bills, but shops and other commercial establishments were open as usual and traffic movement was normal, they said. According to a police official, no additional security force was deployed in the city so far, but a decision on deployment of extra police personnel may be taken later depending on the situation and programmes of political parties.

"Till now, no extra force has been deployed, but it may be placed as per local requirement," he said. (PTI)

14:54 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bharat Bandh was successful: Rakesh Tikait

“Our Bharat Bandh was successful. We had the full support of farmers...We can't seal down everything as we have to facilitate the movement of people. We are ready for talks with govt, but no talks are happening,” says BKU leader Rakesh Tikait.

He adds, “He (Yogi Adityanath) had promised in the manifesto to raise the value of sugarcane to Rs 375-Rs 450, yet he increased only Rs 25. He should give an account of the losses faced. The govt has failed completely. Crops are not being sold at MSP rates.” (ANI)

13:57 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bharat Bandh: Take a look at visuals from different protest sites

Closed Chaura Bazar in Ludhiana. (Express Photos by Gurmeet Singh)
Women protestors at at Ferozepur road in Ludhiana. (Express photo/Gurmeet Singh)
Zirakpur-Panchkula Highway blocked in Chandigarh (Express photo/Jaipal Singh)
Members of Bhartya Kisan Union Ugrahan block the railway tracks during farmers' Bharat Bandh strike, at Dhablaan village near Patiala (PTI)

13:53 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bharat Bandh: Protestors in Tamil Nadu express solidarity with farmers

Supporting farmers' Bharat Bandh call on Monday, people in Chennai protested in solidarity against the 3 farm bills.Protestors could be seen pushing past police barricades. Some people have been detained following the agitation.

13:43 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Hike in sugarcane prices by UP govt a joke: Rakesh Tikait

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has termed the increase in the purchase price of sugarcane announced by the Uttar Pradesh government as a "big joke" on farmers.

His remarks have come in the wake of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announcing a Rs 25 per quintal hike in the purchase prices of sugarcane in the state taking it to Rs 350 per quintal.

"The hike of Rs 25 per quintal is not acceptable to farmers" It is a big joke by the Uttar Pradesh government on the farmers," Tikait said in a statement issued by BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik here.

12:50 (IST)27 Sep 2021
Bharat Bandh today: No impact in Mumbai; shops, transport operating as usual

Commercial establishments and local transport were operating as usual in Mumbai on Monday and the city police also did not deploy an extra security force at key junctions and roads in the wake of the Bharat Bandh

Congress workers, holding placards, assembled at some places like Andheri and Jogeshwari and shouted slogans against the farm bills, but other than that there was no impact of the bandh in the city so far. According to a police official, no additional security force was deployed in the city as of now, but a decision on deployment of extra police personnel may be taken later depending on the situation and programmes of political parties. 

12:40 (IST)27 Sep 2021
In photos| Langar prep on Sangrur-Lehragaga

Bharat bandh: Bank officers’ union extends support

The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation has extended its support to the bandh on Monday. It has requested the government to have a dialogue with the farmers on their demands and rescind the three laws at the centre of the standoff. The confederation said that its affiliates and state units will join in solidarity with the protest actions of the farmers all over the country on Monday.

Kerala: Ruling LDF calls for bandh on September 27  

Kerala’s ruling LDF has also called for a state-wide hartal on September 27 to express solidarity with the farmers. This call was announced by LDF convenor and CPI(M) acting secretary A Vijayaraghavan after the meeting of the leaders of the ruling party alliance in Thiruvananthapuram.

Speaking to the media, Vijayaraghavan said five lakh people will participate in the protest. He claimed that over 100 organisations, including motor transport workers, bank employees and farmers' groups, have extended their support to the LDF agitation.

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.