New Delhi: Gujjar protest in Rajasthan has affected train services as it continued for the third day, reported ANI on Sunday. Thirteen trains of Northern Railway commencing on Sunday had to be diverted while five trains commencing their journey on Monday have also been diverted.
Likewise, 18 trains of Northern Railway plying on Sunday were cancelled. In the coming days, ten trains for Monday, 12 for Tuesday and 15 commencing their journey on Wednesday stand cancelled.
In Ajmer, protesters blocked NH 8 in support of the ongoing reservation movement by the Gujjar community. The community has been demanding a five per cent reservation in government jobs and education in Rajasthan.
A clash broke out between the police and protesters at Dholpur highway in the afternoon. Several vehicles, including two belonging to the police, were set on fire and incidents of stone-pelting were also reported.
Police told a portal that their action did not lead to any death. Police had to resort to firing to prevent protesters from blocking the highway. The police, however, were unsuccessful in their attempt to stop the agitators from blocking the road.
Speaking to media, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla had said, “We will stay here until a decision is taken… until we get 5% reservation.”
Train services were disrupted on Saturday as well as protesters blocked the railway tracks in Maksudanpura of Sawai Madhopur. At least four trains were diverted and 14 cancelled between Sawai Madhopur to Bayana section-Nimoda to Malarna block section in Kota Division of Western Central Railway.