Chandigarh/JP Nagar: Intensifying their agitation, the Jat protestors squatted on rail tracks, disrupting the train services in various parts of north India. The Jats have been demanding reservation in government jobs under the OBC category.

The Jats of Haryana have decided to block all the Delhi-bound tracks, while the agitators have already disrupted the Delhi-Jaipur route.

The diversion of trains on the Delhi-Lucknow route has added load to the Delhi-Howrah route. Besides, Yeshpal Malik, spearheading the agitation, has threatened to launch a protest at Delhi border on Tuesday.

The agitators staged sit-ins at over ten places in Haryana and blocked the Delhi-Rewari-Jaipur route affecting the train services badly. A number of trains were either cancelled or diverted causing inconvenience to commuters and monetary loss to the railways.

While passenger train between Bhiwani-Jaipur was cancelled, several trains on Delhi-Ajmer-Gujarat via Jaipur were diverted to other routes.

Train services on Hisar-Jaipur and Hisar-Ludhiana remained affected for the eighth day.  Meanwhile, five people of Mehuwala on Hisar-Bhatinda route have started hunger strike.

The agitators of Bamla village on Bhiwani-Rohtak route have squatted on the rail tracks. The protestors have further threatened to block the Delhi-Ambala rail lines.

Hawa Singh Sangwan, state president of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti, warned to block water and electricity supply if the Haryana government uses force against the protestors.

Over four dozen trains have been diverted through Kanpur, Tundla, Aligarh and Agra owing to the increased load on Delhi-Lucknow route.


(JPN/Bureau)