These products include paddy, rice and wheat, among other crops.
The protest inconvenienced several passengers in both these areas.
The protestors included women, who had come from different parts of the state to participate in the agitation. Though they were unable to gather at the Amritsar railway station, they managed to stage demonstrations at the Attari, Khasa, Tarn Taran and Kathunangal railway stations.
“We had planned the protest to demand from the central and state government to increase the MSP for cereals, rice and paddy. This will not only ensure the security of the farmers, but would also protect them from being cheated by traders,” says Ratan Singh Randhawa, President, Jamhuri Kissan Sabha.
“We have also demanded for job security, along with a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for the children of the farmers who committed suicide,” he says.
“The famers face severe losses due to uncertain climatic conditions in Punjab, but the government can help them by fulfilling their demands,” he adds.
The police have arrested many farmers from different areas of the state, and did not allow us to block railway track at Amritsar. We will now give a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, demanding for the release of the detained farmers,”he says.
“We have come all the way from Sangrur to participate in the protest. It is a matter of the rights of farmers, and we will fight until our demands are fulfilled. We will undertake such rallies and protests in all the parts of the state if our demands are not met,” says Jatinder Singh, a farmer.
Dharmendra Kalyan, Station Head Officer, GRP police station, Amritsar, says that the farmers could not block the railway tracks at the Amritsar railway station. He says that the police managed to control the situation easily.