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Bharat bandh: Latur sees protests, shut shops, markets

Latur, Dec 8:  Protest marches, sloganeering and a

sizable number of markets and shops remaining shut marked Tuesday’s ‘Bharat bandh’, called against the Centre’s new farm laws, in Latur district in Maharashtra.

Almost all the major parties, barring the BJP, as well as farm outfits, labour unions and traders’ bodies took part in the shutdown in the eight tehsils of the district.

The local APMC, which sees business of 50,000 quintals of food grains every day, remained shut and so did retail and wholesale outlets dealing in farm produce.

The Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti, which had called a ‘Latur bandh’ to coincide with the nationwide shutdown, held a protest march from Ganj Golai market to Mahatma Gandhi Chowk, while Congress workers in Ausa held a mock funeral of the Central government for enacting the three laws.

The three laws at the centre of the protests are 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.


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