As per plan, the kisan andolan carried out the “rail roko” to block trains in several states in the country on 18th February. Trains running in the Northern Railway sector, as also trains in Bihar and Bengal, and East Coast and East Central Railway were stopped at stations. The Firozepur and Ambala divisions in Punjab saw the most interruption. The rail roko lasted for about 4 hours.
Thousands of kisans participated in the agitation, lying across the tracks at various locations. Hundreds of women joined the “rail roko” in Jind, Haryana.
Mindful that this would interrupt the travel of hundreds of passengers on these routes, the kisans stuck to their commitment to cause them minimum inconvenience. They halted the passenger trains only at stations and provided the passengers with water and food. They used the interaction with passengers to explain their cause and why such a long struggle is being carried out.
Some of the protest sites include Palwal, Faridabad, Rewari, Panipat, Sonipat, Ambala, Sirsa, Jind in Haryana, Khurja, Lucknow, Modinagar, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Dankor in UP, Amritsar, Patiala, Firozpur, Jalandha and Mansa in Punjab. Seven districts in Rajasthan also saw rail roko actions including Jaipur.
Some of the prominent trains that were affected included Malwa Express at Phagwara, Super Express at Jalandhar, Sarvodaya Express at Kathua, Sambalpur to Jammu train at Vijaypur, Utkal Express at Faridabad, Darbhanga Express at Khurja, Kerala Express and Mangla Express between Sholak and Rundhi stations, Jhelum Express at Ballabhgarh. Ambala Express was held at Delhi. The four border Metro stations in Delhi were closed for five hours. In all some 25 trains were affected in the Delhi NCR area.
The Rail Roko abhiyan was successful in drawing attention of the citizens about the adamant attitude of the government in not addressing the deep concerns of peasants about the three Agricultural Acts and the system of support prices for crops
Photographs of rail roko andolan at different places