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06 Mar 2019 | 06:17 AM UTC

India: Farmers block rail lines in Punjab March 5

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Hundreds of protesting farmers in Punjab state stage sit-in on railway tracks on March 5, causing train cancelations and disruptions; further protests likely in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India, Jalandhar district (Punjab state)


Hundreds of farmers held a sit-in protest on railway lines in Punjab state on Tuesday, March 5, causing train disruptions, including cancelations and diversions. The demonstration was held on the Amritsar-Delhi line in Jandiala (Jalandhar district). At least 22 trains were canceled and 24 others diverted to alternate routes due to the sit-in. The farmers, organized by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti committee, have been protesting since Saturday, March 2, in different locations in Punjab over debt waivers and overdue crop payments. Further protests, including marches and sit-ins, are likely in Punjab in the coming days. Associated disruptions, including rail cancelations and delays, are also possible.


Individuals in or traveling through Punjab are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, including rail cancelations and delays and road closures, and maintain a flexible travel itinerary.


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