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Today, as the 10-hour Bharat Bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) against the three central farm laws begin, Rakesh Tikait stated that they ‘have not’ sealed anything. “All emergency vehicles including ambulances, and doctors or those going for an emergency work can pass through,” he added.

Addressing the media, the spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Tikait urged all the shopkeepers to keep their shops closed for now and open only after 4 pm. He reiterated that no farmer is coming from outside for the protest.

Despite his assurance, heavy traffic was witnessed between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Several farmers had blocked the borders. Police in Haryana and Delhi have issued travel and traffic advisories about the Bharat Bandh and said national and state highways in the states may see some traffic disruptions for several hours. All the people of the states have been instructed to plan and modify their journey accordingly to avoid any inconvenience.

The Bharat Bandh has been declared to mark the first anniversary of the enactment of the three farm laws started at 6 am on Monday. According to the SKM’s Bharat Bandh guidelines all government and private offices, schools, colleges, and other educational institutions, shops, industries, and commercial establishments will be closed throughout the country. In addition, public and private transport will not be allowed to ply on roads.

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