The police foiled the "rail roko" protest by farmers' unions here on Wednesday. All trains ran as per schedule in the district. The farmers failed to stop any train here.
However, activists of the local units of the Kirti Kisan Union, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Punjab Kisan Union, Kisan Sangarsh Committee, Pendoo Mazdoor Union and the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha assembled at Ravi Dass Chowk in Gurdaspur, Magharmudhian, Dorangla, Kalanaur,Tibber and Kahnuwan villages to move to the nearest railway track to stop the movement of trains in the area. They raised slogans against the alleged anti-farmer and anti-people policies of the government.
Taking preventive measures, the police arrested them under Section 107/151 of the IPC. Later, they were presented in the court of Gurdaspur sub-divisional magistrate Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu, who sent them to 14-day judicial custody.
Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police Rajjit Singh said 340 activists of various farmers' unions were arrested in the district.
Meanwhile, district magistrate Abhinav Trikha said the district police had dealt effectively with the farmers' agitation to maintain law and order in the district.
Kirti Kisan Union general secretary Satbir Singh condemned the police action against the agitating farmers, who were trying to block the movement of trains to highlight their demands, including implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, fixing MSP of wheat and reject foreign direct investment in the retail sector.