A train with 2,500 protesting farmers travelled on the wrong route only to end up in Madhya Pradesh instead of its destination, Kolhapur. The members of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, who were protesting in New Delhi, boarded the Swabhimani Express from city’s Safdarjung station and end up at Banmor – by taking an unprecedented 160- km-long wrong track. One of the farmers, Pralhad Kshirsagar said that the train was supposed to reach Kolhapur on the evening of November 21. “However, when the train reached Banmor in Madhya Pradesh, the farmers erupted into a protest at the station,” he said.
The railways had booked the Swabhimani Express for Maharashtra farmers, who on November 20 came to Delhi for a demonstration at the Jantar Mantar, demanding debt relief and better support price for their produce. After the train departed from Delhi on November 20, it halted at Mathura station around 2 am, from where it was diverted on the wrong track. Read More…
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