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IN PICS: Farmer protests erupt across India against the country’s new agricultural bills

IN PICS: Farmer protests erupt across India against the country’s new agricultural bills
Farmers from Karnataka protesting at Mysore Bank Circle on KG Road on September 25BCCL
  • Farmers across India are protesting the new agricultural bills passed by Parliament last week.
  • Pictures show protestors shouting slogans, creating chakka jaams, and leading sit-ins to block highways to voice their concerns.
  • Farmers took to the streets in multiple states, including the national capital New Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and even Jammu and Kashmir.
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Farmers are protesting across the country against the Agricultural Bills passed by the Central Government last week. From Maharashtra to New Delhi, people were seen blocking roads and voicing their concerns declaring today a ‘Bharat Bandh’ (India is closed).

The Bandh was called for by several farmers’ organisations, including the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (ICCFM).

Soon after the announcement came, police tightened the security. In the national capital, Delhi Police and paramilitary increased their presence. More deployments were called in areas bordering Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

After today’s Bharat Bandh, the farmers have decided to converge at the memorial of Lal Bahadur Shastri in Delhi on October 2 to register their protest.

Here’s a journey in pictures of the protests against the new Agricultural Bills that were seen across India today:

The Indian Farmers Union (IFU) was seen leading its protest along the Delhi-Noida border.

The Indian Farmers Union (IFU) was seen leading its protest along the Delhi-Noida border.
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Protestors set up a ‘chakka jaam’ — a blockade consisting of tractors to keep traffic from passing through.

Protestors set up a ‘chakka jaam’ — a blockade consisting of tractors to keep traffic from passing through.
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Farmers were also seen protesting the Agricultural Bills 2020 on the other side of the border in Uttar Pradesh. They staged a sit-in to block traffic for a few hours on the Ayodhya-Lucknow highway.

Farmers were also seen protesting the Agricultural Bills 2020 on the other side of the border in Uttar Pradesh. They staged a sit-in to block traffic for a few hours on the Ayodhya-Lucknow highway.
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Protests were also brewing in Haryana — Delhi's other neighbor.

Protests were also brewing in Haryana — Delhi's other neighbor.
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Another chakka jaam was spotted on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway in Punjab.

Another chakka jaam was spotted on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway in Punjab.
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Farmers were seen shouting slogans as they blocked off traffic during the protest.

Farmers were seen shouting slogans as they blocked off traffic during the protest.
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Gurudwara workers came in to distribute food to the farmers amid the protest.

Gurudwara workers came in to distribute food to the farmers amid the protest.
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Amritsar, another city in Punjab, also saw farmers come to the streets in large numbers.

Amritsar, another city in Punjab, also saw farmers come to the streets in large numbers.
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The northernmost protest was held in Srinagar by the Jammu and Kashmir Kisan Tehrek (JKKT).

The northernmost protest was held in Srinagar by the Jammu and Kashmir Kisan Tehrek (JKKT).
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In Patna, Pappu Yadav of the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) was seen driving a tractor with farmers protesting the new agricultural bills.

In Patna, Pappu Yadav of the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) was seen driving a tractor with farmers protesting the new agricultural bills.
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Further south, in the city of Bengaluru, farmers from Karnataka were protesting at Mysore Bank Circle on KG Road.

Further south, in the city of Bengaluru, farmers from Karnataka were protesting at Mysore Bank Circle on KG Road.
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Many were detained by the local police.

Many were detained by the local police.
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Farmers were also spotted blocking national highways in Mysuru city. The cops stepped in to take the farmers into ‘preventive custody’.

Farmers were also spotted blocking national highways in Mysuru city. The cops stepped in to take the farmers into ‘preventive custody’.
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