Punjab & Region

Celebration, caution at epicentre of ‘rail roko’ protests in Punjab

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, November 20

When the Gurpurab procession began in Devi Dasspura village on Friday morning, a black flag put up prominently at the front of the cavalcade marked the villagers’ protest against the three farm laws. Less than two hours after the Prime Minister announced the withdrawal of the three laws, the black flag had made way for a white flag.

The villagers were, however, in no hurry to alter their medium- and long-term plans against the farm laws.

A tractor with half-a-dozen villagers will still leave for the Singhu border next Wednesday, their roster to send a tractor from the village to the protest site every month remains intact.

The villagers remain cautious though. “The farm laws were passed in Parliament. The withdrawal will also happen in Parliament, not just on TV,” said Harjinder Singh, a farmer, while attending the festival celebrations at the local gurdwara.

Located some 20km from the Golden Temple in Amritsar district, Devi Dasspura village is one of the very first spots to witness protests against the farm laws — two months before farmers landed at the Delhi borders. It’s proximity to the railway lines made it a popular venue as hundreds of farmers joined a “rail roko” protest on three different occasions.