Farmers on Thursday's Rail Roko Protest. Source- The Indian Express
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) called for yet another peaceful protest last week, following the tractor rally on January 26th and 'chakka jam' on February 6th. This time, the protest against the three farm laws is in the form of a four-hour-long railway blockade or as they call it 'Rail roko'.
In response to this decision, the railways have deployed 20 more troops of Railway Protection Special Force (RPF) across Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh.
The Farmer's Unions have stated that if the government takes no such immediate action to roll back the laws, the protests and agitations will intensify with more farmers participating in it from different states.
Bharatiya Kisan Union Leader Ramesh Tikait has said, " The Centre should not be under any misconception that farmers will go back for crop harvesting. If they insist, then we will burn our crops. They shouldn't think that the protest will end in 2 months. We'll harvest as well as continue with the protest ".
He also added that the 'Rail Roko' protest will be conducted peacefully and ' food and refreshments will be provided to people stranded due to the protest. We will tell them our issues'.
With the railway blockade being over, the Indian Railways informed that the agitation passed off peacefully. There was negligible or minimal impact on the 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.
The Farmer's Protests have entered the 85th day. So far, the talks between the Government and the farmers have been unfruitful. The Farmers of our country have been protesting at the Delhi Borders since November 26th. There has also been some controversy about the violence in Red Fort on Republic Day. But, they have not lost hope. They have also asserted that they will continue with their agitations unless the Centre rolls back the laws.