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Bharat Bandh: Normal life Affected In Several States

The nationwide shutdown – from 11 AM to 3 PM- called by farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws disrupts transportation services in various states. Banking services across the country continues working unhindered as banking unions have withdrawn from the shutdown. Farmer unions have termed today’s shutdown as ‘peaceful protest’ and emergency services – like ambulances – will not be stopped or delayed. Railway tracks, highways and roads across Bihar were teeming with supporters of the ‘Bharat Bandh’, which affected normal life in the state on Tuesday with the opposition parties extending support to the protest led by the farmers’ unions against the Centre’s farm laws. Police were deployed in large numbers across the state to ensure that the movement of essential goods and services remained unhindered. Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) remained closed in many parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday in support of the Bharat Bandh called by agitating farmer unions to press for repeal of the Centre’s agri laws. Members of a farmers’ organisation on Tuesday staged a ‘rail roko’ in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district as part of the Bharat Bandh called by agitating farmer unions to press for repeal of the Centre’s agri laws. All examinations scheduled for Tuesday, under Osmania University’s jurisdiction have been postponed in view of Bharat Bandh called by protesting farmers, the university administration said. In the wake of Bharat Bandh today, buses of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) didn’t played till 1 pm in the entire state. The bandh observed throughout Tuesday, but the ‘chakka jam’ (road blockade) remains till 3 pm, in Punjab.

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