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Punjab farmers' protest affects train traffic on Delhi-Amritsar route: Know what are their demands

Thirty-eight trains remained cancelled on Wednesday as the farmers' protest continued by blocking the railway tracks in Punjab.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Published on: March 06, 2019 16:08 IST
Farmers under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh
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Farmers under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) block a railway track during a protest to press for their various demands, at Devidaspura in Amritsar

Thirty-eight trains remained cancelled on Wednesday as the farmers' protest continued by blocking the railway tracks in Punjab.

Almost all trains running between Amritsar and Delhi were disrupted amid farmers' protest in Punjab, railways said.

Senior Superintendent of Police Parmpal Singh, however, said in Amritsar that the agitation has been called off following an intervention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 

The trains which were cancelled include the Amritsar-New Delhi Express, Amritsar-Chandigarh Express, Haridwar-Amritsar Janshatabdi Express and the New Delhi-Jalandhar City InterCity Express.

As many as eight trains were short-terminated and 11 trains were diverted, officials said. 

The farmers had been squatting on the rail tracks in Amritsar since March 4 in support of their demands, including full loan waiver, stopping auction of land and arrest of farmers, and payment for sugarcane crop with 15 per cent interest. 

A petition seeking the removal of farmers protesting on the Amritsar-Delhi rail track was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday, with the court issuing notices to Punjab, Centre and leaders of farmers' outfit Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee to appear before it on Wednesday.

Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda informed the court that about 85 trains had been cancelled or diverted, affecting about 85,000 passengers. 

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