Kurmi community initiates railway blockade demanding ST status and language recognition. 20 trains canceled, 47 rerouted in West Bengal, Odisha, and Jharkhand.

Several Kurmi organizations have initiated an indefinite railway blockade at nine railway stations in Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha, commencing on September 20. 

Their demands encompass attaining Scheduled Tribe (ST) status and the inclusion of the Kurmali language in the eighth schedule of the Constitution.

As a result of this railway blockade, train services in West Bengal, Odisha, and Jharkhand have been severely disrupted. 

Specifically, within the jurisdiction of South Eastern Railways (SER) and East Coast Railways (ECoR) in Jharkhand and Odisha, a total of 20 trains were canceled, and 47 others were rerouted.

Sheetal Ohdar, serving as the president of the Jharkhand-based Totemik Kurmi Vikas Morcha (TKVM), has outlined the locations where the rail blockade will take place in the state. 

These locations include Gomoh under the Dhanbad rail division, Muri under the Ranchi rail division, Nimdih under the Adra rail division, and Ghaghara under the Chakradharpur rail division.

The railway blockade organized by the Kurmi community is anticipated to significantly disrupt rail services in these three states. In response, authorities have taken precautionary measures, deploying a substantial Railway Police Force presence at key stations to prevent any untoward incidents. Additionally, the Railways have sought assistance from the Jharkhand government to maintain order during this period of unrest.

Sheetal Ohdar said thousands of people from the Kurmi community will participate in the protests wearing traditional dress.

A similar protest of blocking railway tracks by the Kurmi community took place last year as well, on September 20, and lasted five days. 

(This news has been generated from sources)

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