New Delhi, September 27:  Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella organisation of around 40 farm unions, gave a call for 'Bharat Bandh' on September 27, Monday as a part of their agitation against the three farm laws passed by the centre. SKM termed to the response to their call as 'historic' and 'unprecedented. "Reports have been pouring in about the overwhelmingly positive and resounding response to the Bharat Bandh call to mark 10 months of peaceful protests with rightful demands from the 'annadaatas' of the country," it said in a statement, reported PTI. Bharat Bandh Today: Commercial Establishments and Industries Likely to be Affected as Farmers' Unions Call For Nationwide Protest.

The bandh began at 6 am and continued till 4 pm. Around 25 trains were affected due to the nationwide protest. Notably, more than 20 locations were being blocked in Delhi, Ambala, and Firozepur divisions.  The markets remained open in the national capital and business mostly went unaffected, though massive traffic disruptions were reported from various places in Delhi due to blockades.

Hundreds of farmers on Monday blocked major highways, including National Highway 1, linking Delhi with parts of Haryana and Punjab. The traffic across Punjab and Haryana was affected due to the bandh. Delhi-Amritsar National Highway was blocked at Shahabad in Haryana's Kurukshetra by protesting farmers.

Delhi-Amritsar National Highway Blocked:

Traffic diversions were seen for hours as farmers, farm labourers, commission agents, trade, and employee unions blocked the highways. Farm unions announced that they would close all the borders connecting to the national capital. Massive traffic congestion was also reported at Delhi-Gurugram border.

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The farmersalso parked tractors on highways and major link roads in both Punjab and Haryana. Police were deployed in large numbers in Punjab and Haryana to avoid untoward incidents. Meanwhile, Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu asked party workers to support the bandh. The All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AlBOC) also extended its support to the 'Bharat Bandh' called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha on September 27.

Farmers' At Ghazipur Border:

Farmers also blocked the Ghazipur border. Due to this, the traffic movement has been closed from Uttar Pradesh towards Ghazipur. In Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati announced her party's support to the nationwide agitation. Meanwhile, Public transport, including the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and the Delhi Metro, were operational on Monday despite the Bharat Bandh.

In Karnataka, various organisations also protested outside Kalaburagi Central bus station as farmer organisatons call for Bharat Bandh today against 3 farm laws "Many organizations are supporting our farmers and participating in the nation-wide call for bandh," says protester K Neela. Meanwhile,  shops are closed also in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram. Trade unions affiliated to LDF and UDF has support the call for Bharat Bandh today against the three farm laws.

Shops Closed in Thiruvananthapuram:

The farm union chose September 27 for the Bharat Bandh call because on this date last year, the three bills were brought into force. They have decided to observe it as a Black Day. Farmers have been sitting on protest at three borders of Delhi-Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur since November 2020.

(With agency inputs)

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