Amid farmers' protest in the national capital, Indian Railways on Tuesday (26 January) announced that it would offer a full refund to passengers who were unable to board trains departing from all stations of the national capital - Delhi area up to 9 pm yesterday i.e. 26 January 2021 due to farmers tractor rally. The instructions about the refund has been issued to all the railway stations in the national capital including New Delhi (NDLS), Old Delhi (DLI), Nizamuddin (NZM), Anand Vihar (ANVT), Safdarjang (DSJ) and Sarai Rohilla (DEE).
The refund is applicable for all those passengers who were unable to reach the station and catch trains from the national capital due to the ongoing farmers’ agitation and deviation of routes due to the tractor rally. Passengers can apply for the refund through TDR and e-TDR for e-tickets. This comes as a sign of relief for those who could not catch their trains due to the agitation yesterday. To claim the refund, passengers can write to email@example.com and share their PNR and complete booking details.
This development comes in the backdrop of the violent protests during the tractor rally that was held by the agitating farmers on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day to oppose the centre's new farm laws. Thousands of protesting farmers camping at the Singhu and Tikri border points of Delhi took out a tractor march in several areas of the national capital. By noon, hundreds of protesters on tractors and other vehicles marched towards the iconic Red Fort from where prime ministers address the nation on Independence Day. Soon scores of agitators reached the ramparts of the Mughal-era monument.
After seeing the situation, the Ministry of Home Affairs decided to temporarily suspend the internet services in some parts of the national capital after the farmers' tractor rally turned violent. The entry and exit gates of more than 10 metro stations in central and north Delhi were temporarily closed due to the clashes between police and protesting farmers.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting to review the law and order situation in the national capital. It was decided that additional paramilitary forces will be deployed in sensitive areas including the Red Fort. Meanwhile, the ITO area was cleared of protesters as they finally headed back to their protest site.
Thousands of farmers mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been camping at several Delhi border points since November 28 demanding a complete repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee on minimum support price for their crops. Do read the blog farmers protest to know about the same in detail.
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