[Farmers form over 180 organisations are participating in a two-day protest under the banner of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC). (PTI photo)]
Mumbai: In a bizarre incident, a Maharashtra bound special train with around 1500 farmers, who were on their way back to home after participating in a protest against government in New Delhi, took a wrong route and travelled 160 kms in Madhya Pradesh.
According to reports, the railway authorities gave a wrong signal to the train at the Mathura station, which led to the train landing up in Madhya Pradesh’s Banmore station near Gwalior instead of Maharashtra.
The incident was reported on November 20 when Swabhimani Express, specially arranged for 2,500 farmers of the Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee protesting in Delhi, left for Kolhapur in Maharashtra.
The train left the Safdarjung railway station on schedule, but took the wrong route and after travelling 160 km, it reached Banmor in MP.
Interestingly, the driver was unaware of what had happened till the farmers deboarded and informed him that the train has reached a wrong destination.
Following the protest by farmers who alleged a conspiracy behind the train taking the wrong route, the train master redirected the train to its original course. Now, the train is scheduled to reach Kolhapur today i.e. Wednesday November 22.
Farmers on Monday protested in New Delhi, demanding better prices for their produce and loan waivers. They also held mock a Parliament session to protest against the government policies.