Farmers' Protest: Trains halted in Punjab, Haryana, UP as farmers lay siege on railway tracks | As it happened
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As a part of their protest against the three contentious agricultural laws, thousands of farmers across the country held a four-hour 'rail roko' demonstration today. The protest, called by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, was staged from 12 pm to 4 pm today.
Ahead of the protest, the Indian Railways has beefed up the security at all the railway stations across the country -- especially in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and West Bengal -- has deployed 20 additional companies of the Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF). The railways has also urged protesters to maintain peace and ensure that it does not cause inconvenience to the passengers.
Here are the highlights of the day:
16:59 pm: 'Rail roko' agitation passed off without any untoward incident. There was negligible or minimal impact on running of the trains across the country. Train movement in all zones is normal now. Few trains were stopped in some areas but now train operation is normal: Indian Railways
Utkal Express that plies from Odisha's Puri to Uttarakhand's Haridwar stopped at Ghaziabad railway station as farmers have blocked railways tracks at Modinagar railway station. pic.twitter.com/ZzEMWwAtzI— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 18, 2021
15:09 pm: Centre should not be under any misconception that farmers will go back for crop harvesting. If they insisted, then we will burn our crops. They shouldn't think that protest will end in 2 months. We'll harvest as well as protest, says BKU's Rakesh Tikait in Haryana.
14:41 pm: Utkal Express that plies from Odisha's Puri to Uttarakhand's Haridwar stopped at Ghaziabad railway station as farmers have blocked railways tracks at Modinagar railway station, reports ANI.
13:18 pm: 'Kisan Andolan' in UP peaceful so far. Neither any law and order situation reported nor 'rail roko' agitation anywhere. We're ensuring that no anti-social elements in the garb of farmers ruin peaceful protest. Police instructed to take strict action against them: ADG Prashant Kumar
13:17 pm: Haryana: Farmers block railway tracks in Palwal as a part of their nationwide 'rail roko' agitation
12:41 pm: Jammu and Kashmir: Farmers under the aegis of United-Kissan Front demonstrate at railway track in Jammu's Channi Himat area as part of 4 hour nationwide 'rail roko' agitation.
12:05 pm: Workers of Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) stage a 'rail roko' agitation at Patna Junction railway station against farm acts.
11:26 am: Just In: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has closed the entry and exit gates for Tikri Border, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Bahadurgarh City and Brig. Hoshiar Singh metro stations.
10:55 am: It'll begin at 12 pm and go on till 3 to 4 pm. Trains aren't plying anyway. It'll be done peacefully. We'll provide water, milk, lassi and fruits to people who will be found stranded. We will tell them our issues, says BKU's Rakesh Tikait.
10:45 am: Ahead of the rail roko movement, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait has said, "yes. Their crops are not being sold on MSP. We have got nothing to do with elections. We will talk to the farmers there: Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union when asked if the farmers' agitation will be extended to West Bengal too".
10:30 am: Security has been beefed up at Palwal railway station ahead of farmers' 'rail roko' movement.
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10:20 am: The Indian Railways has also said that no decision has yet been taken on train movement in the backdrop of the rail blockade.
"Once we get a better picture of the status of the protests and have identified sensitive spots, we will put in place a plan of action. We have around 80 trains which run through potentially sensitive areas and most of them would have passed through them before 12 pm," news agency PTI quoted an official as saying.
10:15 am: The Indian Railways has also urged protesters to maintain peace and ensure that it does not cause inconvenience to the passengers.
"I appeal to everyone to maintain peace. We will be liaisoning with district administrations and will have a control room in place," said RPF's Arun Kumar.
10:10 am: Ahead of the rail roko protest, the Indian Railways has beefed up the security at all the railway stations across the country and deployed 20 additional companies of the Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF).
10:05 am: The protest, called by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), will be stagged across the country from 12 pm to 4 pm.
10:00 am: The farmers across the country will hold a four-hour 'rail roko' demonstration today as a part of their protest against the three agricultural laws passed by the Parliament last year.
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