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  • Bharat Bandh: Left activists block roads, rail in Bengal

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13:6 HRS IST

Kolkata, Sep 27 (PTI) Left activists blocked roads and railway tracks across West Bengal on Monday in support of the Bharat Bandh, while normal life remained largely unaffected in the state

Markets and shops were opened as usual, while public transport operated almost normally, except for a few hitches

Government and private offices registered usual attendance. Educational institutions are shut in state the due to the COVID-related restrictions

In Kolkata, CPI(M) members blocked roads at College Street, Jadavpur and Shyambazar Five-Point Crossing but were swiftly removed by the police

Road blockades were held in most of the major towns and cities in the state, including in district headquarters of Jalpaiguri, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Hooghly and Coochbehar

The Left activists blocked railway tracks at Jadavpur in Eastern Railway's Sealdah division. Reports of rail blockades from the Howrah division also came in

At several locations, Congress activists also joined the protesters, demanding repeal of the three farm laws

The ruling Trinamool Congress stayed away from the 10-hour bandh, but it supported the demands of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha which is spearheading the agitation

There was no report of any untoward incident, a police officer said

The three laws -- The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 -- were passed by Parliament in September last year

Farmer groups have alleged that these laws will end the 'mandi' and the MSP procurement systems and leave the farmers at the mercy of big corporates, even as the government has rejected these apprehensions as misplaced and asserted that these steps will help increase farmers' income.

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