10 Trains Cancelled, 57 Diverted as Gujjars Protest in Rajasthan


By Harsha Kumari Singh, www.ndtv.com

BHARATPUR:  Ten trains have been cancelled and 57 others, including two Rajdhanis from Delhi to Mumbai, have been diverted as nearly 1000 protesters sit on rail tracks in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district to demand reservation in the state for Gujjars.

An emergency meeting has been called by the Railways in the Kota division, with the protesters refusing to move from the tracks.

Apart from the Rajdhanis, some of the other trains affected included a Shatabdi from Kota to Delhi’s Nizamuddin, the Awadh Express from Gorakhpur to Bandra, the Janta Express from Bombay to Bhojpur and the Dehradun Express from Mumbai to Dehradun.

On Thursday evening, the Gujjar Reservation front of Rajasthan had called for a ‘mahapanchayat’ or big meeting in Samogar village of Bharatpur. They later trooped down to the rail tracks and sat there in protest. More info