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March 26, 2021 / 06:07 PM IST

Bharat Bandh Highlights | Bandh hardly impacts vehicular movement in metros like Delhi, Kolkata

Bharat Bandh Highlights: According to the Samkyukta Kisan Morcha, the nationwide shutdown will be in force till 6 pm today.

Bharat Bandh Highlights: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a joint front representing farmer unions, has called for a Bharat Bandh today. According to the SKM, the nationwide shutdown will start at 6 am and it will be in force up to 6 pm across the country today, which marks four months of the farmer agitation at Delhi's three borders -- Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri. Rail and road
traffic are likely to be affected and markets may remain closed in parts of the country.  The Kisan Morcha has appealed to protesting farmers to be peaceful and avoid conflict during the bandh. The Delhi Police has said that adequate security arrangements have been put in place in view of the Bharat Bandh call given by farmer unions. Stay tuned to this LIVE blog for all the latest updates:
  • March 26, 2021 / 06:02 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | Markets at Delhi’s Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Kashmiri Gate, Chandni Chowk, and Sadar remained open.

  • March 26, 2021 / 05:52 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | Since morning, farmers in Punjab and Haryana had gathered at several highways and roads, including in Bathinda, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Mohali, Rohtak, Ferozepur, Pathankot, Jhajjar, Jind, Panchkula, Kaithal, Yamunanagar, and Bhiwani districts.

  • March 26, 2021 / 05:49 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | A railway spokesperson said four Shatabdi trains were cancelled, 35 other passenger trains were detained and the movement of 40 goods trains was affected by the protests. Train movement was disrupted at 44 locations that fall under the Delhi, Ambala, and Ferozepur divisions of the railways.

  • March 26, 2021 / 05:26 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | DTC buses operate with full capacity

    Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses operated with full capacity on March 26 despite the Bharat Bandh called by farmers on the completion of four months of their protests against the three farm laws passed by the Centre.

    DTC officials told IANS that it did not reduce the fleet of buses in the wake of the 12-hour nationwide shutdown.

    “DTC buses will be operational with full capacity on Friday. We have not reduced buses due to Bharat bandh and buses will be operating on all routes,” one of the officials confirmed.

  • March 26, 2021 / 05:01 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | JAP, RJD supporters protest in Patna

    Supporters of the Jan Adhikari Party (JAP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on March 26 blocked Patna’s busiest Dak Bunglow Chowk in response to the Bharat Bandh call given by the agitating farmers against the farm laws.

    The protesters carried posters and banners, showed bangles while accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of 'killing democracy'.

    Rani Chaubey, national president of the JAP said that the way public representatives, including women legislators were beaten inside the House, was unacceptable.

  • March 26, 2021 / 04:40 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | The Bharat Bandh called by the agitating farmers on March 26 took off in Andhra Pradesh with most political parties coming in support including the state government. The Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Left parties and others extended their support to the Bandh called by the farmers across the country. Commercial establishments remained closed even in small towns. (IANS)

  • March 26, 2021 / 04:10 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | The Bharat Bandh call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), did not create much of an impact in Karnataka on Friday with farmer organisations in the state having divergent views on extending support to the shutdown. Although pro-Kannada organisations took part in the bandh, the police detained leaders at Town Hall in Bengaluru, where they had planned to gather and take out a protest march.

    Besides one or two stray incidents of blocking highways reported from Chitradurga and Koppal districts, the Bandh failed to create much impact till noon, with vehicular movement remaining normal.

  • March 26, 2021 / 03:49 PM IST

     Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | Little impact of Bharat Bandh on vehicular movement in Delhi

    There was little impact of the 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmer organisations on the vehicular movement in the city on Friday. Private vehicles or public transport such as auto rickshaws, cabs and buses were plying normally.

    Rahul Raj, who uses his own vehicle to commute to work, said that he has not witnessed any impact of bandh as traffic is normal and he was caught in jams like any other day at a major intersection. Vehicular movement is normal in around Delhi University North Campus, Azadpur, Model Town, Kamla Nagar, in many parts of Ring and Outer Ring Road. (IANS)

  • March 26, 2021 / 02:55 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | No effect of Bharat Bandh, business running as usual: CAIT

    Despite the call for Bharat Bandh across the country by some farmer organisations, markets stayed open and business was going on as usual on Friday across the country, according to the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The farmers' protests have been continuing at the borders of the national capital against the Union farm laws since November 26, 2020.

    CAIT released a statement and said, "Bharat Bandh has had no impact on trade across the country. It has urged the farmers' organisations to leave their stubborn attitude and talk to the Central government about their problems and resolve them." CAIT is the apex traders organisation representing eight crore traders and more than 40,000 trade organisations across the country. (IANS)

  • March 26, 2021 / 02:31 PM IST

     Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | Bharat Bandh evokes partial response in Odisha

    The dawn-to-dusk Bharat bandh called by farmers unions protesting against agri laws, evoked partial response in Odisha on Friday. Protestors blocked roads and squatted on trail tracks at some places in the state while shops and market establishments remained closed, official sources said. The Congress and Left parties are supporting the bandh in Odisha.

    Bhubaneswar city 'Mo Bus' services were hampered as protesters blocked some roads. Train services were also affected in some areas like in Balasore with the agitators squatting on the rail tracks. Paradip Port and the industries in the nearby areas functioned normally, official sources said, adding that there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the state.

    The government offices witnessed thin attendance. The state government had on Thursday announced the closure of all educational institutions and employees were asked to reach the office before 9.30 am. (PTI)

  • March 26, 2021 / 01:35 PM IST

     Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | Protesters block roads in UP's Muzaffarnagar

    Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) blocked roads here on Friday as part of the 12-hour Bharat Bandh, called by farmer groups who have been protesting against the new agri laws. Roads in and around the district including the Delhi-Saharanpur National Highway and Muzaffarnagar-Deoband Road were blocked by the protesters.

  • March 26, 2021 / 01:19 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh LIVE Updates | Minimal impact in Delhi; metro, road transport, markets unaffected

    A 12-hour "Bharat Bandh" called by farmer unions protesting against three agriculture laws had a minimal impact in Delhi on Friday with no report of disturbance in the metro and road transport services while the major markets of the city also remained open, even as police made adequate security arrangements to deal with any situation.

    The situation was normal at the New Delhi railway station. Markets at Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Kashmiri Gate, Chandni Chowk and Sadar remained open. Shops in Khan Market were also open. A senior Delhi Police officer said the situation is peaceful and remains under control, adding that no report of any untoward incident has so far been received. (PTI)

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