Farmers protest disrupts rail traffic in Amritsar
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 13:59
Amritsar: Rail traffic was disrupted on Tuesday following a farmer’s protest at the railway station seeking compensation for the family of a farmer who died today.

The movement of all trains except Shatabdi Express scheduled for Jalandhar and New Delhi between 6 am and 12 noon was disrupted, railway officials here said.

Farmers disrupted the rail traffic following the death of one of the agitating farmers, Jagir Singh (50), this morning, Kissan Sangharsh Committee Secretary Harpreet Singh said.

Singh said, the farmers had staged the protest demanding adequate compensation from Punjab Government to the family of the deceased.

On a representative of the district administration assuring the agitationists that Rs five lakh would be paid as compensation to Jagir Singh's family, the farmers called off their protest at around 12 noon today.

However, the demand of job for one of Jagir's family members would be subject to the approval of Punjab government, Singh added.

Jagir died following a heart attack while travelling in a train from Delhi to Amritsar, sources said.

A group of farmers from Punjab were returning from Delhi after staging a protest yesterday at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi raising several demands, including a separate budget for the agriculture sector.


First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 13:59

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