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“Rail Roko” protest starts in Punjab, Rail services suspended

Rail Roko protest

On Thursday, Farmers of Punjab started their three days “Rail Roko” rage to protest against the three farm bills passed in both houses of parliament. The Ferozepur Railway division suspended its services of special trains due to the bluster.

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Railway authorities informed that 14 pairs of special trains will remain suspended from September 24 till September 26. According to the officials, the decision was taken keeping in mind the safety of the passengers and protection of railway property from any kind of damage.

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Trains services will remain suspended

As per the railway authorities, The trains which will remain suspended include Golden Temple Mail (Amritsar-Mumbai Central), Jan Shatabdi Express (Haridwar-Amritsar), New Delhi-Jammu Tawi, Karambhoomi (Amritsar-New Jalpaiguri), Sachkhand Express (Nanded-Amritsar), and Shaheed Express (Amritsar-Jaynagar).

Currently, routine passenger train services are suspended due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

31 farmers organization called for the protest

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee called for “Rail Roko” agitation and later on, other Farmers organizations extended their support.

While On Thursday morning onwards, Activists of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) squatted on railways tracks in Barnala and Sangrur. The farmers of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee decided to squat on the railway tracks near Devidaspur village in Amritsar and Basti Tanka wala in Ferozepur.

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The concerned authorities of the committee said that they were getting enough support from several government employees and laborers.

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee president, Satnam Singh Pannu said that they have requested the leaders of political parties and respective MLAs, MPs, and ministers not to take part in the farmer’s protest.

They pledged to fall the BJP leaders and boycott those who voted in favor of the farm bills.

Almost 31 farmers organization called for a complete lockdown of Punjab on September 25 to protest against the farm bills which are termed as “Black laws”.

The fear among the farmers in Punjab

Farmers in Punjab have expressed their fears against the farm bills that will lead to a path for dismantling the minimum support price (MSP) system and leaving the farmers at the mercy of the big corporates.

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.

 

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