News / 22 trains cancelled, 24 diverted as thousands of Punjab farmers lay siege to railway tracks

Hindustan Times : Mar 05, 2019, 09:52 AM

Thousands of farmers, labourers and women under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) on Monday blocked Amritsar-Delhi rail line at Jandiala town, 20 kms from the district headquarters, continuing their protest of ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ on fourth day. Amritsar-Delhi route, forcing Cancellation of as many as 22 trains and diversion of 24. Thousands of passengers were left stranded.

Thousands of farmers, labourers and women under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) on Monday blocked Amritsar-Delhi rail line at Jandiala town, 20 kms from the district headquarters, continuing their protest of ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ on fourth day.

The protesters sat on the tracks at 1:30 pm disrupting the traffic on Amritsar-Delhi route, forcing cancellation of as many as 22 trains and diversion of 24. Thousands of passengers were left stranded.

Director of Amritsar railway station Amrit Singh said, “We have cancelled 22 trains while 24 trains were diverted via Amritsar-Tarn Taran-Beas and Jalandhar-Mukerian-Pathankot routes. Besides this, eight trains have been short-terminated till Beas railway station and six trains have been short-originated from Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Phagwara and Beas railway stations.”

Major trains affecting the region that have been cancelled by Northern Railway include Amritsar-Nangal Dam (14505), Amritsar-Chandigarh (12412), Chandigarh-Amritsar (12241), Amritsar-Hisar (54602) and Ludhiana-Ambala (64524). The Amritsar-Chandigarh (12412) train was cancelled for Tuesday.