Massive Jam at Delhi-Gurgaon Border As Farmers Protest

Bharat Bandh: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions, is leading the 6 am-4 pm protest today. The group has said they will not allow movement on some sections of national highways.

Medical stores, relief and rescue work personnel are exempt from Bharat Bandh

Delhi:

Hundreds of cars were stacked bumper-to bumper along the Gurgaon-Delhi border this morning as the vehicles entering the national capital were being checked by Delhi police in wake of the Bharat Bandh called by protesting farmers seeking withdrawal of three controversial farm laws.  

A few hours later, massive rows of stationary traffic, with vehicles closely tailing each other, were seen seen to be clearing up. The vehicles are on the move now.

Earlier, Delhi police had said that the "security will be preventive". "There is no call for Bharat Bandh in Delhi, but we are watching the developments and adequate number of personnel will be on ground," the police said.

Autorickshaws and taxis are operating normally in Delhi and shops are open today, with their unions and associations extending only "in-principle support" to the strike.

Traffic movement at the Ghazipur border was hit as well and the Delhi Traffic Police closed vehicular movement on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur border.

The Delhi Noida Direct (DND) flyway also witnessed massive traffic congestion.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions, is leading the 6 am-4 pm protest today. The group has said they will not allow movement on some sections of national highways.

All government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments as well as public events and functions will be closed throughout the country, it had said. All emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores, relief and rescue work and people attending to personal emergencies will be exempted.