Farmers end 169-day-long dharna, train services resume in Amritsar
On Friday, train services resumed in Amritsar. The development came after the farm union suspended 169-day long ‘dharna’ on tracks on Thursday. The dharna was a way of protesting against the agriculture laws brought by the Centre.
Protesting against the Centre’s 3 contentious farm laws, a group of farmers was squatting on railway tracks near Amritsar. On Thursday, the farmers withdrew their agitation after which the train services resumed in Amritsar. The protest was called off as the suspension of trains caused losses to them and traders.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Amritsar, Gurpreet Singh Khaira said, “Dharna at Jandiala Guru Railway Station suspended for the time being and passenger trains operational now.”
Since November, the farmers are protesting against the 3 farm laws introduced by the Centre in September last year. The farmers have demanded to repeal the laws and the Centre has denied to do so. Hence, a group of farmers sat on the railway tracks at Devidaspur near Jandiala station to protest against it. The station is about 25 km from Amritsar railway station.
Leader of the Kissan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee, Savinder Singh said, “Farmers were blocking only passenger trains but the Centre decided to stop goods trains as well which caused huge losses to farmers, traders and industrialists. In the light of current circumstances, farmers have unanimously resolved to end the stir here.”
He further said that they have decided to withdraw the rail blockade at Devidaspura on the Amritsar-Delhi route after a meeting of all protesting farmer unions.
According to officials, normal movement of trains will resume within a couple of days.
The farmers are angry over the three newly enacted farm laws. They have been sitting on the border of Delhi for more than 100 days. The 3 farm laws are- Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.