Bharat Bandh today: Several borders blocked, shops closed across India- Check what's open, what's not?

Bharat Bandh today: As per Delhi Traffic Police, the traffic movement has been closed from Uttar Pradesh towards Ghazipur due to the farmers' protest. The Delhi-Haryana border (Singhu border) is also closed with farmers blocking the road. 

Created On: Sep 27, 2021 11:39 IST
Bharat Bandh today
Bharat Bandh today

Bharat Bandh today: Traffic movement has been affected in several parts across the country due to Bharat Bandh called today by protesting farmers. The Samyukth Kisan Morcha had called for a Bharat Bandh till 4pm today, on 27 September to give new strength to the ongoing farmers' agitation against the three central farm laws.

The Bharat Bandh call comes as the farmers' protests completed 300 days and yet the movement is getting only stronger with farmers refusing to budge.  Around 40 farmer organisations under Samyukth Kisan Morcha (SKM) called for the Bharat Bandh and almost 100 organisations including trade unions, bank union, workers' unions, students' union and political parties had agreed to support the call.

Bharat Bandh Today: What has been affected, what is not open?

•Traffic movement across several borders has been affected due to Bharat Bandh today. 

•Shops are closed in areas where trade unions have joined the Bharat Bandh call

•Train operations have been affected in Delhi, Ambala and Firozpur divisions as people are sitting on railway tracks. A total of about 25 trains have been affected in Ambala and Firozpur divisions, as per Norther Railway.

•All government/ private offices, educational institutions and others have been urged to remain closed. 

•Shops, industrial and commercial establishments will also remain closed across the country today. 

•Public events and functions will also not happen in the wake of Bharat Bandh call today. 

What will be allowed?

All emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores will be allowed to operate without any hindrance. All kinds of relief and rescue work and people attending to personal emergencies will also be allowed to move freely. 

BKU Spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said, "Ambulances, doctors or those going for an emergency can pass through. We've not sealed down anything, we just want to send a message. We appeal to the shopkeepers to keep their shops closed for now and open only after 4pm. No farmer is coming here from outside." 

Places where traffic movement has been affected

•As per Delhi Traffic Police, the traffic movement has been closed from Uttar Pradesh towards Ghazipur due to the farmers' protest.

•The Delhi-Haryana border (Singhu border) is also closed with farmers blocking the road. 

•Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted saying that the entry and exit for Pandit Shree Ram Sharma metro station has been closed in the wake of the Bharat Bandh call. 

•The Shambhu border (Punjab-Haryana border) has also been closed till 4 pm in view of Bharat Bandh today. 

•The Delhi-Amritsar National Highway has also been blocked at Shahabad in Haryana's Kurukshetra by farmers protesting against the three farm laws. 

•Several protestors also sat on railway tracks at Devidaspura village in Amritsar, in support of Bharat Bandh called by farmer organisations today.

•Traffic movement has been affected on Hajipur-Muzaffarpur road and Mahatma Gandhi Setu as well in Hajipur. 

•In Karnataka, several organizations have organised a protest outside Kalaburagi Central bus station in support of the Bharat bandh call of the farmers. 

•In Kerala also, most of the roads have a deserted look and shops are closed in Thiruvananthapuram with trade unions affiliated to LDF & UDF joining the Bharat Bandh call by the farmers. 

•In Andhra Pradesh, the left parties organised a protest in front of Vijayawada bus station in support of the Bharat Bandh today. 

Peaceful protest so far

Heavy police forces have been deployed at all location where farmers are protesting in Amritsar since 5 am. However, the police inspector in-charge informed that the protests have been peaceful and the  forces have been told to not behave untowardly with them and bring to my notice if something happens.

Bank Officers' Union, Trade Union & Political Parties support Bharat Bandh Call

The All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC) on September 22nd extended its support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call. The bank officers’ association called upon the government to resume talks with the SKM and roll back the controversial farm laws. 

The Left parties along with Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had got together on September 22nd at Andhra Pradesh's Communist Party India (CPI) office to discuss the Bharat Bandh. The parties also extended their support o Bharat Bandh.

CPI State leader Donepudi Sankar said, "Farmers have been agitating for nine months in Delhi, so this Bharat Bandh will be held to support them." He added saying, "The three black laws of the central government have thrown farmers into crisis."

All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) member Anil Pawar extended his support to the Bharat Bandh call saying, "farmers are ‘anna daatas’ and we need to stand with them in this crisis."

Bharatiya Kisan Union's Chanduni faction Chief in Haryana, Gurnam Singh Chaduni said that the farmers sitting at Delhi's borders will not budge till the three controversial central farm laws are repealed.

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury also stressed the need to strengthen movements and called on people to make Bharat Bandh on 27th September, a success.

Social Democratic Party of India also announced its solidarity to Bharat Bandh on 27 September called by Samyukth Kisan Morcha.

Swaraj India also extended its solidarity and support to the Bharat call given by SKM on September 27th. Thousands of Swaraj India volunteers and supporters will be on the ground in 12 States to make Bharat Bandh successful.

Background 

The Haryana government had earlier formed a high-powered committee to hold talks with the protesting farm union leaders over clearing the blockade on National Highway-44 at the Kundli-Singhu border. The farm union leaders, however, skipped the meeting. 

Haryana home minister Anil Vij said that the Supreme Court will be apprised of the development. The apex court had asked the centre and the neighbouring states of Delhi last month to find a solution to the road blockades at the borders of the national capital.

The farmers have been protesting at the Delhi borders since November 2020 demanding the repeal of the three agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September 2020. The farmers claim that the laws will favour the big corporates and hurt their livelihood and earnings.  

The centre has held multiple rounds of talks with the farmer leaders to end the deadlock, however, all such talks have failed. 

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