Highlights: Will march towards Kolkata, announces BKU’s Rakesh Tikait

Highlights: Will march towards Kolkata, announces BKU’s Rakesh Tikait

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The farm unions have demanded that the government must “immediately” resolve the farmers’ issues or they will intensify the agitation and mobilise more farmers for support.

UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 01:21 AM IST

As farmers’ protest against the Centre’s agricultural laws entered day 85, a four-hour rail blockade was held across the country on Thursday. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) had appealed for a peaceful protest between 12noon and 4pm. For railway passengers who will be stranded during the ‘rail roko’ protest, spokesperson of the Kisan Andolan Committee Jagtar Singh Bajwa had said that they would offer refreshments to the passengers to avoid inconvenience.

In the wake of the blockade call, the railways had deployed 20 additional companies of the Railway Protection Special Force (RPF) across the country with a focus on Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

The farm unions have demanded that the government must “immediately” resolve the farmers’ issues or they will intensify the agitation and mobilise more farmers for support.

The farmers have been campaigning at Delhi borders since November 26 and have asserted that the protests will go indefinitely till the laws enacted by the government in September last year are completely rolled back.

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