Farmers are participating in a ‘Bharat Bandh’ today to mark the end of their four-month protest against central govt’s farm laws.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called a bandh that will last until 6 p.m. Except for emergency and other critical services, all roads and trains will be closed and all services will be suspended.
Meanwhile, the Ghazipur border NH-24 (both carriageways) has been closed for traffic movement, according to Delhi Police.
‘Traffic Alert: Ghazipur Border NH-24 (Both Carriages) is blocked. Please avoid the stretch and take the following precautions: wear a mask, maintain social distance, and keep hand sanitize,’ Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.
The Bandh has been called for the abolition of three farm laws, the law on Minimum Support Prices (MSP) and procurement, the withdrawal of all police proceedings against farmers, the repeal of the “electricity bill and pollution bill,” and the reduction of diesel, petrol, and cooking gas prices, according to a statement released by the SKM.
The demonstration was backed by farmers’ organizations, labour unions, student organizations, bar associations, political parties, and state government leaders, according to the statement.
The SKM has encouraged “protesting people” to make the demonstration a success while remaining peaceful.
‘Protesters are urged to stay away from any unconstitutional discussion or confrontation.’ The fact that the campaign has lasted so long is a result of the farmers’ perseverance, according to the press release. In the meantime, the Delhi Police has made appropriate arrangements for this Bandh.
‘We have everything in place to ensure that everyday life is not disrupted.’ To ensure that no unexpected adverse incidents occur, all of our motorcycle patrolling squads, PCR vans, and QRT vans will be on the field. Barricades and picket lines will be erected to ensure that no one with nefarious intent enters the area,” informed Chinmoy Biswal, the Delhi Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), on Thursday.
Farmers protesting against Central Govt’s agricultural laws will not be split, according to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Mr. Rakesh Tikait, who had said earlier this week that they would have to return to the national capital and break barricades.
‘They (the Union Govt) tried to divide us along caste, culture and religious lines, but they failed.’ When asked, you’ll have to fly to Delhi and break barricades once more,’ Tikait mentioned at a gathering in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Farmers from Hariyana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting at Delhi’s various borders since November 2020 in opposition to three newly enacted agriculture laws:
- the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020;
- the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and
- the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.