Farmers step up protest, ‘rail roko’ on February 18 : The Tribune India

Farmers step up protest, ‘rail roko’ on February 18 : The Tribune India

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Mukesh Tandon
Tribune News Service
Sonepat, February 10

Intensifying its agitation against the three agricultural laws, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Wednesday announced a nationwide ‘rail roko’ (railway blockade) from 12 noon to 4 pm on February 18.

Besides, the morcha revoked the suspension of the Azaad Kisan Committee, Doaba, led by Harpal Singh Sangha, while a decision on the suspension of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari), led by Surjeet Singh Phul, has been kept pending.

Both of them were suspended for straying from the route during the tractor parade on January 26. Farmer leaders had formed a three-member committee to inquire into the matter.

“The panel submitted its report today after which the suspension of Harpal Singh Sangh was revoked while a decision on Phul’s suspension has been kept pending due to a clarification on some points,” said Darshan Pal Singh.

He said it was found that Sangha and two other leaders had strayed from the route unintentionally.

Harpal Singh Sangha thanked the morcha and said he would be a part of the movement till his last breath.

Earlier, at a meeting held at the Kisan andolan office at Kundli, farmer leaders announced several programmes to intensify the agitation across the country.

Darshan Pal Singh said it had been decided that toll collection would not be allowed in Rajasthan from February 12.

Besides, the morcha has given a call to organise a candle march, ‘mashaal jaloos’ and other programmes across the country to pay homage to the Pulwama martyrs on February 14.

Farmers will organise a programme to show solidarity on the birth anniversary of Sir Chhotu Ram on February 16.

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