Demonstrations at two railway stations in Bengal for three days, proposed agitation canceled in Jharkhand

Demonstrations at two railway stations in Bengal for three days, proposed agitation canceled in Jharkhand

Train services were affected in two divisions of the South Eastern Railway (SER). It is being told that people of the Kurmi community have been protesting at two railway stations in West Bengal for three days. Due to which rail traffic is blocked.

Their demand is that the Kurmi community should be given the status of a Scheduled Tribe and the Kurmali language should be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. For these demands, agitation was started at various railway stations in West Bengal, Odisha, and Jharkhand at 4 am on Tuesday. However, by the evening of the same day, the protest was called off from all other stations while it continued in Khemasuli in Paschim Medinipur district and Kastaur in Purulia district.

140 Mail-Express and Passenger trains have been canceled due to the protest. In addition, 69 trains have been short terminated or short routed, SER said in a statement in Kolkata. 65 trains have been diverted and three trains have been rescheduled. Kastaur and Khemasuli stations come under the Adra Kharagpur division.

The SER statement said that senior railway officials are at the spot to monitor the situation and are coordinating with the state government. Meanwhile, the organization said in Ranchi on Thursday that it has suspended the proposed rail blockade movement in Jharkhand on September 25 to press for the same two demands. On September 13, the organization had written a letter to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav informing him about the rail traffic jam.

Sheetal Ohdar, the Jharkhand convener of the organization, Totnik Kurmi/Kurmi Samaj (TK/KS), said that we have postponed the agitation on September 25 in view of participating in the joint protest called by Odisha and West Bengal units of the Kurmi community on September 20. has decided to postpone. He said that they would soon announce their future course of action.

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