New Delhi: The ‘rail roko’ Andolan which was slated to begin at 12 pm on Thursday is already being observed at many places across the country, our sources said.
Farmers have learned to have blocked Jodhpur Howrah Express at Bhabhua station in Bihar. Further, workers of Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) have already started staging a ‘rail roko’ agitation at Patna Junction railway station.
The nationwide ‘rail roko’ stir is being held farmers as a protest against the Centre’s new farm laws. In the wake of the stir, additional security has been deployed across the country, with focus on Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The rail blockade was announced by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions that is spearheading the protest, last week to press for its demand to repeal the legislation.
Meanwhile, no decision has yet been taken on train movement in the backdrop of the rail blockade. However, a plan will be put in place once the officials get a better picture of the status of the protests and have identified sensitive spots, an officials informed PTI. Workers of Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) stage a ‘rail roko’ agitation at Patna junction railway station, against Farm Laws.
Entry/exit for Tikri Border, Pandit Shree ram Sharma, Bahadurgarh City, and Brig. Hoshiar Singh metro stations have been closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Police personnel deployed at Nangloi railway station as farmers have called a 4 hour long nationwide ‘rail roko’ agiation today.
Speaking over ‘Rail Roko Andolan’, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said: ‘It’ll begin at 12 pm & go on till 3-4 pm. Trains aren’t plying anyway. It’ll be done peacefully. We’ll provide water, milk, lassi & fruits to people who will be found stranded. We will tell them our issues.’ UP has been put on alert over ‘rail roko’ call by farmers, said reports. Senior officials have identified vulnerable spots and security has been beefed up in such areas.
Earlier on Wednesday, Director General, Railway Protection Force, Arun Kumar, urged protesters to maintain peace. ‘I appeal to everyone to maintain peace. We will be liaisoning with district administrations and will have a control room in place.’
‘We will gather intelligence. States such as Punjab, Haryana, UP and West Bengal, and some other ares will be our focus. We have deployed 20 companies of the Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) in these areas’, he said. The officials in the northern railways are expecting that ‘rail roko’ agitations to be concerned in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.