Tuesday, March 8, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Jat agitation hits trains in Uttar Pradesh



Jat agitation hits trains in Uttar Pradesh
ITGD Bureau | Lucknow, March 7, 2011 | Updated 09:45 IST

Jat agitation
Members of Jat Sangharsh Samiti squat on a train track to block
Delhi-Lucknow rail route near Amroha in support of their demand for
OBC reservation.
The ongoing agitation by Jats in Uttar Pradesh over reservation in
central jobs under the OBC category has forced a severe disruption in
railway services between Delhi and Lucknow.

At least 12 trains were cancelled and the routes of 30 trains between
Lucknow and New Delhi diverted as the agitation intensified on Sunday.

Trains on the Mathura-Mumbai route were disrupted as protesters took
to the tracks, demanding 27 per cent quota in central jobs under the
OBC category.

Railway official A.K. Singhal said the Kashi Vishwanath Express and
Lucknow Mail were among the trains cancelled.

"We have opened special counters at various railway stations for those
who want to suspend their journey. The protesters have tied their
domestic animals to the tracks and are on a dharna," he said.

The protesters also conducted a public meeting near Bharatpur and
subsequently decided to enforce road blockades. They have threatened
to intensify the agitation if their demands are not met.

Yashpal Mallik, a leader of Jat Arakshan Samiti, said: "Our protest
will continue till the government agrees to our demands. There are
many states where Jats are treated as OBCs. The Centre too should
accept us as OBCs and extend reservation accordingly."

Detailing about the delay of trains due to agitation at Kafurpur
station in Moradabad division, Northern Railway chief public relations
officer said Ernakulam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Mangla Express (12617),
Trivandraum-New Delhi Kerala Express (12625), Rajgir-New Delhi
Shramjeevi Express (12391), Varanasi-New Delhi Kashi Vishwanath
Express (14257), Lucknow-New Delhi AC Express (12233) Pratapgarh-Delhi
Padmavat Express (14207), Lucknow-New Delhi Lucknow Mail (12229) were
running late.

- With inputs from Headlines Today and Mail Today

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