Farmers on Thursday sat on railway tracks at many places in Punjab and Haryana as part of the ‘rail roko’ protest against the Centre’s new farm laws, with officials stopping trains at stations as a precautionary measure.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions which is spearheading the protest, last week had announced the nationwide rail blockade to press for its demand to repeal the legislations and had said that the agitation would be from noon to 4 pm.
In Punjab, protesters sat on tracks at many places on the Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar railway route, officials said.
Farmers blocked the Jalandhar Cantt-Jammu railway track in Jalandhar and in Mohali district also farmers blocked a rail track, they said.
In Haryana, protesting farmers, including women, squatted on rail tracks at many places, including in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Panipat and Panchkula districts, the officials said.
On the Ambala-Delhi railway section, a group of farmers led by Bharatiya Kisan Union leader from Ambala, Gulab Singh, squatted on a rail track at Shahpur village, 2 kilometres from Ambala Cantt station.
“Our protest will continue in a peaceful manner till the farm laws are repealed,” Singh said.
Source: The Tribune