Amid farm protests, Punjab CM talks to Shah for restarting goods trains

Reiterating his assurance of smooth and safe movement of goods trains in the state, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said he had spoken to Union home minister Amit Shah for his intervention to ensure restoration of rail services and was hopeful of an early resolution of the issue. This comes at a time 30 farm unions protesting against the three new agriculture laws reiterated on Sunday that they would not allow movement of passenger trains in Punjab, while accusing the central government of playing politics by not running freight trains even as the agitators have vacated railway tracks across all districts.

The chief minister spoke to Shah on Saturday to discuss the situation and assured him that there were no law and order concerns to prevent resumption of the services for facilitating supply of essential commodities in Punjab and neighbouring states, including Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. He pointed out that security concerns could, however, be serious for the nation if essential supplies did not reach the armed forces in Ladakh and the Valley before snowfall due to the Railways’ decision not to ply goods trains. Countering the misinformation being spread on this count, Amarinder said all tracks had been cleared by farmers for movement of freight trains, pointing that the farmers had not disturbed peace in any part of the state.

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