Farmers Protest: Huge traffic jams at Delhi border, trains cancelled
New Delhi : As a part of their long protest seeking withdrawal of three controversial farm bills, the farmers organization has been observing Bharat Bandh today. Huge traffic jams have been reported across the Delhi border and several trains to Delhi have been reported cancelled.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions, is leading the 6 am-4 pm protest today. The group had announced that they will not allow traffic movement in several parts of the national highways.
This morning, Delhi-Meerut Expressway was blocked near the Ghazipur protest site, affecting the traffic coming from Uttar Pradesh.
Government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments will be closed across the country, the SKM said. However, it has been notified that the emergency services will not be affected during the protest.
Farmers have also blocked the Shambhu border between Punjab and Haryana. The Haryana Police on Sunday asked people to be prepared to face traffic congestion. "It is expected the agitating groups may sit on dharna on roads and highways and block them for some time. The national and state highways in Haryana may see some traffic disruptions for several hours," a state police spokesperson said on Sunday.
In Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said he party will support a peaceful "Bharat Bandh". "The farmers of the country do not endorse the three farm laws brought in a hurry by the centre, and are sad about it. They have been protesting for the past 10 months in the country and aggressively, especially around Delhi," Mayawati said.