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Bharat Bandh: Students stranded in Karnataka at bus stops, exam postponed

The Bharat Bandh called by Samyukyt Kisan Morcha and supported by like-minded organizations has had a cascading effect on students of Karnataka, who were all set to give their exams today (September 27). 

At Yadagiri, hundreds of students waiting to board a bus since early morning to reach colleges gathered and protested since no buses were operating at that time. The students demanded uninterrupted bus service during college hours and raised slogans.

Anticipating inconvenience to the students, Bengaluru University postponed the postgraduate, undergraduate, and B.Ed exams. Taking a cue from Bengaluru University, the Akkamadevi University at Vijayapura also postponed the same exams. The students have now been asked to appear for the same exams tomorrow.

In some parts of the state students who did not find a bus for themselves, hopped on to autorickshaws to reach their respective colleges.

Various farmer organizations expressing solidarity with the protesting farmers at Singur and Samyukt Kisan Morcha held protests in different national highways, resulting in blockade of roads.

The farmers say the protest is against the three controversial farm laws and also against the increase in the price of essential commodities and fuel rates.

Meanwhile, in the capital Bengaluru, thousands of protesters have taken out a rally, adding further strain to the traffic movement. 

Rajya Raitha Sangha carried out a 12-km rally from KR Puram to Freedom Park. A farmer leader from Kodihalli said the purpose of targeting highways is to send a strong message to the central government about the contentious farm laws.

Earlier, farmer leader Kuruburu Shanthakumar along with his supporters were taken into preventive custody as they caused inconvenience with their protest at Mourya Circle in Bengaluru.