Farmers Stage 4-Hr Nationwide ‘Rail Roko’ Protest

New Delhi: Farmers protesting against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws are staging a four-hour ‘rail roko’ demonstration across the country today.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of 40 farm unions, called for a peaceful protest between 12 noon and 4 pm, expecting to get support for the programme from across the nation.

The railways have stepped up security to prevent any untoward incident. Additional forces have been deployed across Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has deployed 20 additional companies across the four states.

The railway blockade will be third major demonstration by farmers, following the Republic Day tractor rally and the ‘chakka jam’ on February 6.