Farmers to observe ‘rail roko’ for six hours in district today

Protest against three farm laws, rise in fuel prices

Farmers to observe ‘rail roko’ for six hours in district today

Several groups of farmers have also arrived in Jalandhar from the Singhu and Tikri borders to double the strength of agitation. file

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 17

Following the call given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, various farmers’ outfits will block railway tracks tomorrow (on Monday) in the district. The ‘Rail Roko Andolan’ would be observed between 10am and 4pm.

Mandeep Singh Samra, district president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal), stated that apart from the Dakoha railway crossing, the railway tracks and stations would be blocked at Dhanno Walin Pahatak, Lohian Khas, Phagwara, Phillaur, Kartarpur, Dadwindi Phatak between Panjian and Sultanpur Lodhi, Nakodar and others.

While around 100 farmers under the banner of the BKU (Rajewal) would be present at the Dakoha crossing, a large number of farmers under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee are also expected to be present at the Lohian Khas railway crossing.

Amarjot Singh Jandiala, district youth president, BKU (Rajewal), said the ‘rail roko’ agitation was being organised against the Centre’s three controversial farm laws and the continuous rise in the fuel prices.

Samra further added that the farm unions, including the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, also condemned the lynching of Lakhbir Singh at the Singhu border and told that the farmers has nothing to do with the killings. “The protest will remain peaceful for six hours and no movement of trains, either passenger or goods, will be allowed in the district. Besides, the announcement related to the protest has already been done in advance to caution the railways and the government,” added Samra.

Harpreet Singh, district secretary, Kissan Mazdoor Sangharsh Union, said the union members from across the state were expected to participate in the agitation. Several groups of farmers had also arrived here from the Singhu and Tikri borders to double the strength of the agitation.

Meanwhile, as around two dozens of trains are scheduled to have been cancelled, short-terminated and diverted. The Ferozpur Division on Sunday released an order confirming enough security arrangements at the railway stations and tracks.

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