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Kisan Andolan 2.0 | Farmers hold 'rail roko' protest at Shambhu border, demands release of detained farmers

Farmer leaders seek the release of detained farmers Navdeep Singh, Anish Khatkar and Gurkirat Singh

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- April 17th 2024 12:05 PM -- Updated: April 17th 2024 01:37 PM
Kisan Andolan 2.0 | Farmers hold 'rail roko' protest at Shambhu border, demands release of detained farmers

Kisan Andolan 2.0 | Farmers hold 'rail roko' protest at Shambhu border, demands release of detained farmers

Kisan Andolan 2.0 | Farmers on Wednesday block railway tracks at the Shambhu border as a part of “rail roko” protest called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha, seeking the release of detained farmers Navdeep Singh, Anish Khatkar and Gurkirat Singh. 

Meanwhile, a significant number of police forces have been deployed at Rajpura Shambhu railway station with heavy barricades.


Farmers hold protest at the railway tracks at Shambhu railway station in Punjab, resulting in the closure of the Ambala-Ludhiana railway section. 

The Rail Roko agitation by farmers has impacted 36 trains originating from Ambala Cantt, with 11 trains cancelled and 19 trains have been diverted towards via Chandigarh.

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Anish Khatkar who is on a hunger strike for 28 days is reportedly in deteriorating health state.  

Senior farmer leader Sarvan Singh Pandher highlighted the lack of basic facilities such as electricity, water, sanitation, and fire brigade for protesters, leading to resentment among farmers. He stated that a campaign is underway to peacefully question BJP and allied party leaders. 

Farmer leaders said that they are open for debate with senior BJP leaders. They also objected to the involvement of a Haryana Police officer in the committee investigating the violence and death of Shubhakaran Singh, citing suspicions surrounding the police's role in the case.

The farmers have been massing and camping at multiple points in areas bordering the national capital since February 13 along with their tractors, mini-vans and pickup trucks, demanding, among others, a law guaranteeing MSP (minimum support price) and withdrawal of police cases against farmers during earlier protests.

- PTC NEWS

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