This was announced on Friday, August 27, following a two-day peasants’ convention called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) at Delhi’s Singhu border. The SKM is an umbrella of several protesting unions.
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.
The 32 locations where train movement has been disrputed fall under the Delhi, Ambala, and Ferozepur divisions of the railways.
Farmer unions protesting the three farm laws have called for a 12-hour complete 'Bharat Bandh' from 6 am to 6 pm on Friday to mark four months of the farmer agitation on Delhi's three borders.
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
As part of the campaign against government policies, the farmers are also planning to mobilize students at the Delhi borders on March 23 to mark Martyrs Day.
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Although various market bodies said they support the cause for which the 'bandh' was called, they however, could not shut down their shops or outlets due to multiple reasons.
The 6 am-6 pm strike is being observed for demanding simplification of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) procedure and the e-way bill mechanism, among other issues.
While CAIT claimed that more than 8 crore traders will join the Bharat Bandh, other traders' bodies said they have not extended support to the Bandh.
The All India Transporters Welfare Association has also decided to support CAIT in the Bharat bandh demanding the abolition of the new E-Way Bill or scrapping of certain rules.
Farmers camping at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points have led to the closure of several routes in Delhi
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