Due to Bharat Bandh ‘Rail roko’ protest in Maharashtra’s Buldhana, several detained for stopping train

Buldhana (Maharashtra) [India]: Swabhimani Shetkari Saghtana staged ‘Bharat Bandh Rail Roko’ protest and briefly stopped a train in Malkapur of Buldhana district on Tuesday.

They were later removed from the tracks by police and detained. After several rounds of talks between farmers and the central government remained inconclusive, thousands of farmers protesting against the Centre’s agricultural sector laws have called for “Bharat Bandh” today demanding the immediate recall of the farm laws.

Farmer unions on Friday decided to intensify their agitation against the farm laws calling for ‘Bharat Bandh’ today stating that they were not satisfied with amendments to the agricultural legislations being proposed by the government.

“The bandh will be observed throughout Tuesday, but the ‘chakka jam’ (road blockade) will be on only till 3 pm,” said Darshan Pal, Punjab unit president of the Krantikari Kisan Union said on Monday.

The farmers’ union urged farmers not to force anyone to join the call for Bharat Bandh.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws–Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Leaders of farmer groups have held several rounds of talks with the government but all of them remained inconclusive so far. After the fifth round of talks, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has called another meeting on December 9. 

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