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‘Bharat Bandh’: Rail, road transport likely to be affected in parts of country

New Delhi, March 25

Rail and road transportation services are likely to be affected and markets may remain closed in parts of the country on Friday as farmer unions protesting against the three agri laws have called a complete ‘Bharat Bandh’, even as it will not be observed in four poll-bound states and Puducherry.

According to the Samkyukta Kisan Morcha, the nationwide shutdown will start at 6 am, and it will be in force up to 6 pm across the country on March 26 which marks four months of the farmer agitation on Delhi’s three borders—Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri.

Senior farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said that road and rail transport will be blocked, claiming that markets will also remain closed.

The Morcha, which is an umbrella body of protesting farm unions, said that the ‘bandh’ will also be observed in the National Capital.

Rajewal said that trade unions from organised and unorganised sectors, and transport and other associations have extended their support for the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call of farmer organisations on March 26.

“Farmers will block rail tracks in various places. Markets and transport services will be closed during ‘Bharat Bandh’,” Rajewal told PTI.

He said that however, emergency services like ambulance and fire will be allowed during the nationwide shutdown.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur demanding a complete repeal of the three farm laws and a legal guarantee for the minimum support price on their crops.