Kolkata, Aug 1: In protest against the recently released National Register of Citizens (NCR), All India Matua Mahasangha (AIMM), an organisation of backward classes, on Wednesday blocked train movement during peak hours in Eastern Railway’s Sealdah section. The organisation is claiming that the complete draft of the NRC would leave many people homeless. AIMM supporters gathered in Bengal’s North 24-Parganas for a rail roko andolan against the NRC. Most of the mainline trains across the state were stuck due to the blockade. (Also read: There’s Difference Between Infiltrators, Refugees, Says Tripura Governor) Also Read - Jute Sector May Face Dilution in Foodgrains Packaging Due to Lockdown: Official

PTI quoted an Eastern Railway spokesperson as saying that train movement in the Sealdah north section was blocked by the agitators at different stations since 8.30 AM, hampering services in Sealdah-Hasnabad, Sealdah-Naihati lines. “Train movement has been affected by blockades owing to a non-railway issue. We are requesting and trying to convince the agitators to lift the blockades,” ER spokesperson RN Mahapatra said. Blockades were also reported at Thakurnagar, Sandalia, Palta and some other stations. Also Read - Social Distancing: Returned Migrant Workers in Bengal Asked to Live on Trees For 14 Days



The complete draft of the NRC in Assam was published on July 30. While Congress chief Rahul Gandhi called the execution of NRC draft “tardy” and said it had led to insecurity in Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been most vocal among the Opposition and has gone so far as to warn the Centre of “bloodbath” and even a “civil war” in the country over the NRC. Also Read - ‘Provide Basic Amenities to Workers From Bengal,’ Mamata Writes to 18 Chief Ministers Amid Lockdown