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Farmers protesting farm laws in Amritsar block Golden Temple Mail – chandigarh

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Farmers at the Jandiala Guru train station in Punjab’s Amritsar continued their rail blockade on Tuesday to protest agricultural bills passed during the monsoon session of parliament in September. They stopped the Golden Temple Mail, which operates from Mumbai Central to Amritsar, at the Beas train station. The train deviated from Beas and reached Amritsar via Taran Taran.

“We are ready to give our lives if the central government does not annul these laws, which are against farmers,” Satnam Singh Pannu, state chairman of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, told ANI.

Amritsar district collector Gurpreet Singh Khaira urged farmers to stop their protests to allow passenger trains to run, but farmers did not give in to these requests. “It will be of great help to the administration if you remove the blockade. We know your complaints. The people who come by train are also the people from Punjab, we have to think about them and stop the blockade, ”Khaira told farmers, according to ANI.

Farmers insisted they will not allow passenger trains to run until agricultural bills are withdrawn. They have blocked train tracks in the state since September in protest at the approval of the central government’s farm bill. They are protesting the recently passed laws under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.

Farmers’ organizations, the Punjab government and the Ministry of Railways have held various discussions on this issue. Indian railways also said it has more than Rs 2 billion due to the unrest. On Monday, Punjab’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also expressed concern about farmers’ refusal to allow passenger trains.

The Western Railway had restored 11 trains on Monday. These trains were canceled or interrupted or of short origin, according to the ANI news agency.

Several farmers’ organizations have opposed the passage of three agricultural laws: the Trade in Agricultural Products and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services of Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) of 2020 , and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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