In the midst of the sit-in protest over the new agricultural law, the United Farmers Front has announced a nationwide rail roko movement on Thursday, 18 February from 12 noon to 4 pm. According to farmer organizations, thousands of farmers across the country will sit on the railway tracks on Thursday. The farmers plan to halt the entire country’s rail network for four hours.
At the same time, the railway is also alert about the rail roko movement. GRP and RPF jawans have also been canceled. According to the information, wherever the movement is likely to have more impact, additional forces will be deployed there. According to news agency PTI, 20 additional companies of RPSF have been deployed by the Railways. These companies will focus exclusively on Punjab, Haryana, UP, and West Bengal.
Rail stop movement to pressure the government
According to the news agency IANS, the national convenor of Jai Kisan agitation said that at the time when traffic is lowest, we blocked the road, and similarly, the train traffic is less during the day because long-distance trains mostly run at night. He said that it will be ensured that the entire move goes according to plan. The purpose of the rail roko movement is to pressure the government to withdraw the anti-farmer laws.
Trains will not be stopped in the middle: Tikait
At the same time, the leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait has said that trains will not be stopped on the way between the rail roko movement. Tikait said that farmers will stop the train by offering flowers on the engine. Along with this, he said that tea-snacks will also be provided to the passengers on the way.
Criminal obstructing rail operations, know what is the law
If there is any obstruction in the operation of the railway then action can be taken against it under the Railway Act. If any kind of luggage is thrown on the train or damage to the track, the convict can be given life imprisonment under Section 150 of the Railway Act. Section 174 says that if the train is stopped by sitting on the track or keeping something, then there can be a sentence of two years in jail or a fine of Rs 2,000 or both. There is a provision of six months jail or fine of one thousand rupees or both under sections 146, 147 for forcing the railway employees to obstruct the work.
Know what is the demand of farmers, why are the movements
Thousands of farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi for the last nearly three months. They are demanding a repeal of three agriculture laws of the central government last year and a legal guarantee for the procurement of crops at minimum support price (MSP). The 11 rounds of agitation with the government have been fruitless. The government had proposed to the farmer unions to ban the implementation of new agricultural laws for 18 months. Apart from this, a committee was also suggested to find a solution to the issues related to their demands, but the agitating farmers’ organizations are adamant about repealing the three laws.