Road and rail traffic was disrupted in several parts of Punjab and Haryana during the Bharat Bandh called by farmers on Friday as a part of their nationwide protest against the three agri-laws.
Farmers blocked national highways and other key roads at many places in Punjab and Haryana, and squatted on railway tracks at several locations.
The Samkyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading the farmers’ stir, called for the bandh from 6 am to 6 pm to mark four months of the agitation at Delhi’s three borders- Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri.
A railway spokesperson said that four Shatabdi trains were canceled, 35 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.
The Bandh had minimal impact in Delhi. Markets at Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Kashmiri Gate, Chandni Chowk and Sadar remained open.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had to briefly close the entry and exit gates of the Tikri border, Bahadurgarh City and Brigadier Hoshiar Singh stations, but after a few minutes, the stations were opened for passengers.
The SKM claimed that various farmer organizations, trade unions, student bodies, bar associations, political parties and representatives of state governments have supported the bandh call.