Intensifying their protests against the contentious agricultural bills passed by the Parliament, various farmers’ organisations, including from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have called a national shutdown today. The farmers’ groups said they will be holding a “chakka jam” from 10 am to 4 pm.

A heavy police force has been deployed in Punjab and Haryana to deal with any untoward situation. A high alert has also been sounded in western Uttar Pradesh for today’s ‘Bharat Bandh’. The Delhi Police have also tightened the security at the border areas in the wake of the Bandh.

Barricades have been put in areas bordering Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, and the vehicles entering Delhi are being checked. The Delhi Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed at the Singhu border and Karnal road (Haryana) as a precautionary measure.

Keeping in view the farmers’ agitation in Punjab against agriculture bills, some trains operated by Northern Railway will remain cancelled or partially cancelled, as per Deepak Kumar, Chief Public Relation Officers (CPRO) of the zone.

On September 20, the Rajya Sabha passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill amid protest from Opposition parties.

10:15 am: Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav drives a tractor, as he takes part in the protest against #FarmBills passed in the Parliament.

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