In Punjab, farmer body extends rail roko protests till Sept 29

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee announces that it is extending its ‘rail roko’ protest in Punjab against three farm Bills till September 29. The agitation had started on Thursday, forcing the railway authorities to suspend the operation of special passenger trains in the state.

The three-day agitation was scheduled to end on September 26.

Railway authorities had earlier said that 14 pairs of special trains would remain suspended between September 24 and September 26.

As many as 31 farmer organisations joined the call for a complete shutdown in Punjab.

Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur led the farmers’ protest in Lambi, Punjab.

“Punjab CM should call an immediate cabinet meeting & pass an ordinance to declare the State as one ‘Mandi’ to ensure recently passed agricultural Bills not enforceable in Punjab,” Sukhbir Singh Badal said while addressing the protest.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh said that farmers are the backbone of our society and the recent farmer bills passed by the Union government are a step in the wrong direction.

“It’s time we all stand for what’s right. Together let’s impress upon the Centre to pull back these anti-farmer bills,” he said.