Farm stir: Farmers to hold a nationwide ‘rail roko’ protest today
On Thursday, the farmers protesting against the 3 farm laws introduced by the centre have called for a countrywide rail blockade for four hours. The unions have appealed for a peaceful protest from 12 to 4pm and are expecting support from farmers across the nation.
The umbrella body of 40 farm unions, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), has announced a four hour ‘rail roko’ demonstration across the country on Thursday. Inorder to continue protesting against the 3 farm laws, the farmers will hold this peaceful rail roko demonstration. They have demanded that the centre must “immediately” resolve the farmers’ issues or else they will intensify the protests
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait clarified and said that the ‘rail roko’ protest will be held peacefully. He said, “We’ll provide water, milk, lassi & fruits to people who will be found stranded. We will tell them our issues.”
Jagtar Singh Bajwa, Kisan Andolan Committee spokesperson, also asserted that they will offer refreshments to the passengers to avoid inconvenience.
Inorder to prevent any untoward incident, the railways have enhanced their security. The Railway Protection Special Force (RPF) have deployed 20 additional companies across the country with a focus on Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The ministry has also made an appeal to maintain peace as the spokesperson of Railway ministry said, “We appeal to everyone to maintain peace calling for peaceful protests so as not to inconvenience passengers.”
Arum Kumar, director general of Railway Protection Force said, “I appeal to everyone to maintain peace. We will be liaisoning with district administrations and will have a control room in place.” (PTI)
He further added, “We will gather intelligence. States such as Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, and some other areas will be our focus.”
Kumar stated that they want to persuade the protesting farmers to not cause inconvenience to passengers.
The farmer’s protests have been going on from the past 2 and half months. The farmers have been demanding rollback of the laws whereas the centre has clearly declined their demands. Hence the farmers from all across the country have been campaigning at Delhi borders since November 26.