Farmers stage ‘Rail Roko’ protest today

Farmers protest at a railway station in Jalandhar, Punjab. (Express File Photo: Gurmeet Singh)

New Delhi, Feb 18:’ Farmers to hold 4-hour protest from 12 PM to 4 PM today. The ‘rail roko’ protest was announced by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of farmer unions, last week.

Highlights:

  • The Indian railways have deployed 20 additional companies of the RPSF in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal
  • ‘Rail Roko’ will be the third major demonstration by the farmers as part of their ongoing 85 days agitation

Updates: 

Bihar: Workers of Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) stage a ‘Rail Roko’ agitation at Patna Junction railway station, against Farm Laws. (Source: ANI)

Workers of Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) stage a ‘rail roko’ agitation at Patna Junction railway station (Source: ANI)

 

The farmers will hold a nationwide four hour ‘Rail Roko’ demonstration as a part of their protest against the three contentious agricultural laws.  The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmers’ union appealed to everyone to conduct the protests peacefully.

Kisan Andolan Committee spokesperson Jagtar Singh Bajwa said there will be arrangements for refreshment for rail passengers to avoid inconvenience to them during protest today.

As reported by ANI, the Bharatiya Kisan Union’s leader Rakesh Tikait said, “It will begin at 12 pm and go on till 3 to 4 pm. Trains aren’t plying anyway. It’ll be done peacefully. We’ll provide water, milk, lassi and fruits to people who will be found stranded. We will tell them our issues.”

Meanwhile, security has been deployed  at Palwal railway station ahead of the demonstration. The Uttar Pradesh government has put on alert all law enforcing agencies following the call for the blockage. The railway ministry has also put the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) on high alert. Senior officials conducted checking at railway stations to identify the vulnerable spots.

Police personnel deployed at Nangloi railway station (Source: ANI)

According to the news agency PTI qoute of a railway official, the Indian Railways also said that no decision has yet been taken on train movement in the backdrop of the rail blockade. They will put in place a plan of action once they get a better picture of the status of the protests.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha , meanwhile, criticized the government’s “attitude” and demanded a solution to the farmers’ issues without any further delay. According to ANI quote of  SKM’s statement release, leader Darshan Pal said “It is clear that instead of resolving the ongoing struggle’s demands, BJP is trying its best to counter and destroy it. SKM vows that it will intensify the struggle and mobilise more farmers in its support.”

To know more about the Farmers’ Protest and their agitation against the three Farm Bills watch the video.

 

Also Read: Farmers Hold Protest Against Farm Laws

(Proiti Das)