New Delhi: Farmer bodies in Punjab on Thursday launched a three-day ‘rail roko’ agitation against the three farm bills recently passed in Parliament. The Ferozepur Railway division suspended the operation of special trains owing to the stir.
As many as 31 farmers’ outfits have given a call for the complete shutdown of Punjab on September 25 to protest against the controversial bills.
At least 14 pairs of special trains will remain suspended from September 24 till 26, railway authorities said. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety of passengers and protection of railway property from any damage, officials said.
The trains to remain suspended include the Golden Temple Mail (Amritsar-Mumbai Central), Jan Shatabdi Express (Haridwar-Amritsar), New Delhi-Jammu Tawi, Karambhoomi (Amritsar-New Jalpaiguri), Sachkhand Express (Nanded-Amritsar) and Shaheed Express (Amritsar-Jaynagar), officials said.
Routine passenger train service remains suspended presently because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The call for ‘rail roko’ agitation was given by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and later, different farmers’ outfits extended their support.