Farmers Protest HIGHLIGHTS: Farmers call Bharat Bandh on December 8 ahead of 5th round of talks with Centre

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Updated: December 4, 2020 8:54:20 pm

Farmers Protest: The protesting farmers held fourth rounds of talks with the Centre on Thursday. They will meet again on Saturday (December 5).

Farmers Protest Live, Farmers March Today Live UpdatesFarmers from across the country have been protesting at borders.

Farmers Protest HIGHLIGHTS: The protesting farmers have announced Bharat Bandh on December 8. Addressing a press conference, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Lakhowal) General Secretary HS Lakhowal said that the effigies of Prime Minister Modi will be burnt across the country tomorrow (December 5). He said that the farmers have given a call for Bharat Bandh on December 8. The comes just a day before the Centre is set to hold another round of talks with farmers on Saturday.

This week, the Centre met the farmers twice to resolve the issues put forth by them. However, the farmers have decided to intensify their protest further. The farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against the farm laws, and continue to sit at borders blocking major entry points to Delhi. On Thursday, the farmers held fourth rounds of talks with Centre at Vigyan Bhawan. After the meeting, the farmers said that the Centre had finally accepted that there were some issues with the three laws. While farmers are pushing for complete roll back, the Centre has made it clear that withdrawal is not possible but some it can look at some amendments. Both the parties will meet again on December 5 for fifth round of talks.

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    08:02 (IST)04 Dec 2020
    Traffic Alert from Delhi Police: Gazipur, Tikri, Jharoda borders shut

    The Gazipur border on on NH 24 is closed for traffic from Gaziabad to Delhi due to farmers protests . People are advised to avoid NH 24 for coming to Delhi and use Apsara/ Bhopra/DND for coming to Delhi.

    Singhu, Lampur, Auchandi, Safiabad, Piao Maniyari, and Saboli borders are closed. NH 44 is closed on both sides. Please take alternate routes via NH8/Bhopra /Apsara border /Peripheral expressway.

    Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba and GTK road.

    Avoid Outer Ring Road , GTK road, NH 44

    Tikri, Jharoda Borders are closed for any Traffic Movement.

    Badusarai Border is open only for Light Motor Vehicle like Cars and two wheelers.

    Jhatikara Border is open only for two wheeler traffic. 

    Available Open Borders to Haryana are following Borders: Dhansa, Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera Borders. 

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