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Rajasthan: Protest against farm laws affects train movement

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The impact of Rail Roko, the nationwide agitation against the farm laws, was witnessed in six districts of Rajasthan. In Jaipur, the agitators squatted on the railway track at the Jagatpura suburban railway station. The agitators also assembled at another suburban station, Gandhi Nagar, but the police cleared the crowd after the protestors stopped a goods train.

The agitators at Jagatpura led by Naresh Meena staged a demonstration and raised anti-BJP slogans and demanded the repeal of the farm laws.

RPF deployed to tackle protestors

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans were deputed in a large number at the Gandhi Nagar railway station where protestors entered the engine room and forced the drivers to stop the train. The RPF jawans later dragged the agitators from the engine room, but the protestors then sat on the railway track. However, the tracks were cleared by the RPF jawans after some time.

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At Chomu railway station near Jaipur, the agitators squatted on the railway track disrupting the rail traffic.

Intense agitation at Alwar in Rajasthan

The agitation was very intense in Alwar district where the protestors staged a dharna on the railway track at Malakhera and stopped an inter-city train and also entered the control room.

At Alwar district’s Ajarka, the agitators blocked the rail track by parking a tractor. In another station in Rajgarh, the agitators stopped the Jaisalmer-Jammu Tawi inter-city train for several hours.

At Bikaner’s Kotgate railway station, the agitators blocked the rail track and stopped the movement of trains. However, the RPF jawans removed the agitators.

The agitators in Jaipur had announced their decision to disrupt rail traffic four days ago and after that, the RPF deployed a large number of RPF jawans.

But barring six districts, no other district saw any agitation and the demonstration was more or less peaceful.

 

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