HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · Train services were disrupted in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, ahead of calls for ‘Rail Roko’ by Samyukt Kisan Morcha
  • · However, train services remained normal in UP due to constant warnings by police to take severe measures against those indulging in the stir
  • · The 6 hour long agitation started from 10 am on Monday and is scheduled to end at 4 pm

On Monday, the call for ‘Rail Roko’ by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, disrupted nearly 50 train services at 130 locations in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. However, train services were normal in Uttar Pradesh amid warnings by the administration to take action against those indulging in the stir. The ‘Rail Roko’ agitation is being held by the farmers on Monday to protest against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and demand immediate resignation and arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.

The protest which has taken place for 6 hours is scheduled to end at 4 pm. According to the protesters, the vehicle which ploughed down the agitating farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri had Union Minister of state for home affairs Ajay Mishra and his son Ashish Mishra as its passengers. However, Ajay has denied the allegations, stating that he had sufficient proof to show that his son was not present in the incident.

On October 9, Ashish Mishra was arrested by the police and taken to custody. He is currently undergoing police interrogations. The ‘Rail Roko’ agitations have affected train traffic in places such as Rajasthan and Haryana in the North Western Railway (NWR) zone. 2 trains were cancelled, 13 were partially cancelled and one was diverted in the areas. Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar are the areas that are affected the most in Rajasthan.

In the Northern Railway zone, the Chandigarh-Ferozepur express was the train to be affected. The barricade in the Ferozpur-Ludhiana sector disrupted the rail route which was scheduled to start from Ludhiana at 7 am. Farmers have also been agitating on the railway tracks of the Devi Dasspura village in Amritsar, Punjab.

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