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Samjhauta Express stopped at Wagah due to Punjab farmers’ protest

The last train, Samjhauta Express, crosses the Pakistan border as Pakistani border security personal stand guard at Wagah some 20 km to the east of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab December 31, 2001. This is the last run of the Samjhauta Express, the only train connecting India and Pakistan and bound for the Pakistani city of Lahore from New Delhi India on Monday as members of divided families deplored the cutting of travel links between the uneasy South Asian neighbors. REUTERS/ Mohsin Raza - RTRQKWG

Chandigarh, Oct.8 : The Indian Railways on Thursday cancelled the movement of the Samjhauta Express over security concerns due to an ongoing protest by farmers in Punjab.

According to reports, the train was stopped at the Wagah Border and all passengers were asked to deboard by the Pakistani authorities.

Several trains were either cancelled or diverted after protesting farmers blocked railway tracks at different places in Punjab on Wednesday, the first day of their demonstration to seek higher compensation for crops from the state government.

Between 200 and 300 passengers travel to and from India on board the Samjhauta Express known as the ‘Friendship Express’, on a daily basis, but the number of passengers rises when Sikh pilgrims use the train to visit their holy sites in Pakistan. (ANI)