Farmers sitting on railway tracks near sector 19 in Panchkula (HT Photo)
Farmers sitting on railway tracks near sector 19 in Panchkula (HT Photo)
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Highlights: Will march towards Kolkata, announces BKU's Rakesh Tikait

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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  • FEB 18, 2021 08:37 PM IST

    Farmers began their protest in Delhi on November 26

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  • FEB 18, 2021 07:01 PM IST

    Be ready to go to Kolkata: Rakesh Tikait to farmers

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  • FEB 18, 2021 06:14 PM IST

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  • FEB 18, 2021 06:12 PM IST

    No permission for Tikait's rally in Yavatmal, says collector

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  • FEB 18, 2021 05:33 PM IST

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  • FEB 18, 2021 05:10 PM IST

    'Utmost patience' exercised by those concerned: Railways

    While dealing with the Rail roko agitation, utmost patience was exercised by all concerned, says Indian Railways

  • FEB 18, 2021 04:50 PM IST

    Rail roko passed off peacefully: Indian Railways

    'Rail roko' agitation passed off without any untoward incident. There was negligible or minimal impact on running of the trains across the country. Train movement in all zones is normal now. Few trains were stopped in some areas but now train operation is normal: Indian Railways

  • FEB 18, 2021 03:59 PM IST

    BKU stages rail roko protest at Hapur, UP

    BKU members stage rail roko protest in Uttar Pradesh's Hapur.

  • FEB 18, 2021 03:58 PM IST

    BKU members shower petals on police personnel at Modinagar

    Members of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) shower flower petals on police personnel at Modinagar.

  • FEB 18, 2021 03:41 PM IST

    Will take our tractors to West Bengal as well, warns Tikait

    Crops' prices are not increased, but fuel prices have gone up. If Centre ruins the situation, we'll take our tractors to West Bengal as well. Farmers not getting MSP there also: Rakesh Tikait

  • FEB 18, 2021 03:38 PM IST

    4-hour rail roko agitation nears end

    The four-hour nationwide rail roko agitation is scheduled to end at 4pm, as announced by the SKM last week. The blocakde began at 12 noon and has been largely peaceful.

  • FEB 18, 2021 03:11 PM IST

    Govt shouldn't think stir will end in 2 months: Rakesh Tikait

    Centre should not be under any misconception that farmers will go back for crop harvesting. If they insisted, then we will burn our crops. They shouldn't think that protest will end in 2 months. We'll harvest as well as protest: Bharatiya Kisan Union's (BKU) Rakesh Tikait.

  • FEB 18, 2021 02:33 PM IST

    Utkal Express stopped at farmers sit on tracks at Modinagar

    Utkal Express, that plies from Odisha's Puri to Uttarakhand's, Haridwar stopped at Ghaziabad railway station as farmers have blocked railways tracks at Modinagar railway station.

  • FEB 18, 2021 02:29 PM IST

    Farmers block railway tracks in Haryana's Ambala

    Farmers sit on railway tracks in Haryana's Ambala as 'four-hour rail roko' agitation continues.

  • FEB 18, 2021 12:30 PM IST

    Rail roko will be peaceful, will not join politics: Rakesh Tikait

    Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said that 'rail roko', the blockade of trains as part of protests against farm laws, will be done in a peaceful manner and food and refreshments provided to people stranded due to the protest. He also stated that he will not join politics as he considers it "a big disease".

  • FEB 18, 2021 11:49 AM IST

    DMRC closes entry and exit points of four metro stations

    Entry/exit for Tikri Border, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Bahadurgarh City, and Brig. Hoshiar Singh metro stations have been closed: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

  • FEB 18, 2021 11:03 AM IST

    UP Budget Session begins today, Opposition to corner govt on farmers’ protest

    As the Uttar Pradesh assembly’s Budget Session begins today, major Opposition parties are set to corner the state government on issues concerning farmers, unemployment, rising inflation and the law and order situation.


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  • FEB 18, 2021 10:20 AM IST

    'Will provide water, milk, fruits to the stranded': Tikait

    Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday asserted that the 'rail roko' protest will be held peacefully. "We'll provide water, milk, lassi & fruits to people who will be found stranded. We will tell them our issues," he told news agency ANI.

  • FEB 18, 2021 10:09 AM IST

    Farmers call for 4-hour rail blockade

    Farmers, who have been protesting against Centre's new agricultural laws for the past two and a half months, have called for a 'rail roko' protest between 12noon and 4pm today. They are expecting support from farmers across the nation.

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