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Bharat Bandh: Road, rail traffic hit, supplies of milk, vegetable stopped

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a coalition of farmers’ unions, has called for a Bharat Bandh on Friday, to mark four months of their agitation at Delhi’s borders and reiterate their demand to repeal three contentious farm laws. The strike call will be observed till 6 pm.

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The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a coalition of farmers’ unions, has called for a Bharat Bandh on Friday, to mark four months of their agitation at Delhi’s borders and reiterate their demand to repeal three contentious farm laws. The strike call will be observed till 6 pm.

The vehicular movement was disrupted as thousands of protesting farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and several other states have been staging demonstrations at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border of the national capital. The public transports like buses, taxis etc stayed off the roads. 

The sit-in protests were also reported at National Highway-9 and National Highway 24 at the Ghazipur border. The police have set up barricades to block the movement of protesters. A group of protesting farmers were also seen singing and dancing at the Ghazipur border.

The rail traffic was also hit by the protests. Some trains from Delhi to Amritsar, Chandigarh, Kalka, among others were cancelled. The protesting farmers have also blocked railway track in Amritsar and other states.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha appealed to the citizens to make the nationwide strike a success. They also appealed to the protesting farmers to be peaceful and not get involved in any kind of illegitimate debate and conflict during the strike.

In a video message, Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader Darshan Pal had said that supplies of vegetables and milk will also be stopped by the protesting farmers. Farmers will block rail tracks in various places. Markets and transport services will be closed during ‘Bharat Bandh, said the  senior farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has extended support to the Bharat Bandh. He tweeted ”History is witness that through Satyagraha injustice, arrogance and exploitation ends and the agitation should be in the interest of the country and should be peaceful.”

This is the second nation-wide strike called by the farmers in order to intensify the ongoing protests against the Centre’s new farm laws. The first ‘bandh’ took place on December 8 which was witnessed in Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Assam. It received support from several trade unions, various other organisations and also from 24 opposition parties, including the Congress and the NCP.

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The protesting farmers have held over 10 rounds of talks with the Centre to resolve the stalemate but to no avail. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have camped on the borders of Delhi since November 26, although their numbers have dwindled in recent weeks.

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VIRAL: Elephant Jeymalyatha brutally beaten up by mahouts in Tamil Nadu, Peta India demands action

Reports said the elephant was tortured by mahouts at the Sribilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

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In an animal-cruelty incident, an elephant named Jeymalyatha was brutally beaten up by mahouts in Tamil Nadu. The video of the incident is viral and has triggered massive outrage on social media.

Reports said the elephant was tortured by mahouts at the Sribilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

PETA India shared the video on Twitter and demanded stringent action against the mahouts. In the video, Jeymalyatha could be seen crying in pain as the mahouts continuously kept thrashing her with sticks. PETA India has sent an urgent appeal to the chief wildlife wardens of Assam and Tamil Nadu and demanded the enforcement of the Wild Life (Protection) Act (WPA), 1972, by filling a preliminary offence report under Section 51 against mahouts involved and under Section 48 against the Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.

The organisation also demanded to seize the abused elephant and rehabilitate her at a sanctuary.

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Tickets? UP Police constables beat up TT on Gorakhdham Express in Kanpur | WATCH

The constables hit him on the head due to which his shirt was soaked in blood.

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UP Police constables beat up TT in Gorakhdham Express

In a shocking incident, the railway head TT was beaten up by two Uttar Pradesh police constables at Kanpur Central Railway Station. According to the reports, the constables were travelling without a ticket on a train from Gorakhpur to Bhatinda, and when the TT asked them to get off the train, they thrashed him fiercely. The incident took place at around 11:30 pm on the Gorakhdham Express on Tuesday.

TT Rambaran, who was on duty, took the train from Lucknow. On Twitter, Aditya Tiwari shared the video of TT narrating the whole incident. He said when he asked for the ticket, the constables said they would get down at Kanpur. After that, when he asked them to step down from the train at the Kanpur station, police constables beat him brutally.

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TT Rambaran also said the constables even tried to throw him off the train, but the passengers who were there on the train helped him save his life. The constables hit him on the head due to which his shirt was soaked in blood.

The victim lodged a complaint against the constables in GRP Kanpur. GRP inspector R.B. Dwivedi said they reached the spot as soon as they received information about the incident. He further said the FIR has been registered and the investigation is underway.

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No CNG sale in Delhi today, Dealers Association calls for protest; here’s why

The reason for the closure of CNG pumps is the non-reimbursement of the electricity bills by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

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The Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) has announced that there will be no CNG sale in Delhi on August 10 from 6 am to 10 pm. The reason for the closure of CNG pumps is the non-reimbursement of the electricity bills by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

Delhi Association called for the protest as the reimbursement of the electricity bill of CNG pumps is not being done by IGL and is long overdue which has been causing them huge losses every day. The protest will affect about 250 CNG pumps in the capital.

In a letter last month, DPDA President Anurag Jain wrote, We have decided to go for no CNG sale on August 10 from 6 am to 10 pm as a mark of protest. He further said the DPDA is forced to take this step due to the reluctance shown by IGL to pay the actual electricity reimbursement of CNG facilities to the dealers of Delhi who are incurring huge financial losses every month.

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In Delhi, the electricity bill of the petrol pumps is paid by IGL, and CNG consumes a lot of electricity. DPDA says that IGL has not been paying the electricity bill for a long time, due to which they are suffering huge losses. And this is the reason the association has announced it will close CNG pumps today.

DPDA said there was a meeting organized with IGL in March 2022 to solve the issue, and IGL even agreed on the reimbursement of the electricity bill. After this meeting, the dealers were assured that the issue would be resolved in a month. DPDA said the issue has not been resolved yet and IGL didn’t fulfill its promise.

The non-fulfillment of DPDA’s demands has led them to take the step of closure of CNG pumps in Delhi on August 10. CNG is currently being sold at Rs 75.61 per kg in Delhi.

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