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Fruit Mandi Sopore shuts in support of farmers’ Bharat Bandh call

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Srinagar: The Sopore fruit mandi on Tuesday remained shut to extend their support to the bharat bandh called by farmers who are seeking the rollback of three contentious farm laws.

President Fruit Growers and Dealers Association of fruit mandi Sopore, Fayaz Ahmad Malik said: “We extend our support to the bandh call of farmers, and have closed all the business activities today in fruit mandi Sopore in support of the farmers.”

He also appealed to the Central government that in view of the sentiments of farmers the newly framed farm laws should be rolled back immediately.

Here in Srinagar, members of the United Sikh Forum Association staged a protest in Srinagar against the pro-market farm laws passed by the central government.

Scores of protesters, affiliated with the United Sikh Forum Association, Kashmir, assembled at Press Enclave here to voice support for agitating farmers who have been holding protests on Delhi borders against the controversial farm laws.

A spokesman of the United Sikh Forum, Bikram Singh said: “We demand a special session of Parliament to revoke the new farm laws as the laws will not benefit the farmers but the major corporations. This is injustice towards the most important sector of the society.”

Calling the farmers and farm laborers as the soul of any nation, he said the government must protect them.

He said the major corporations would take over independent farming communities and dilute the crops’ market value because of the newly-introduced farm laws.

Tens of thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been staging protests against recently-enacted agricultural reforms since late-November. Supporters of the movement had called for a nationwide shutdown, or “Bharat Bandh,” today.

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