Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) has sought report from the Haryana government on the steps taken to restore normalcy in movement of trains, which has been hit severely following the Jat agitation.

A division bench of the HC headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has directed the Additional Advocate General to inform the court in this connection till March 24.

The directions of the court came on the public-interest litigation filed by a city-based NGO, at a time when the rail movement has been paralysed by the Jat community for the past 18 days.

Continuing their agitation for quotas in government jobs, the Jat protesters on Tuesday burnt the effigy of Sonia Gandhi and Bhupendra Singh Hooda while threatening to intensify their stir.

Besides, the Jat leaders during a meeting held in Narayangarh of Ambala, threatened to block the Delhi-Ambala track on March 25. The rail routes connecting Hisar, Bhiwani and Rohtak are already blocked by the agitating Jats.

In the wake of the agitation, Northern Railways had announced the cancellation of 139 trains, out of which 73 trains were to depart on Tuesday and the remaining 66 were scheduled for Wednesday.

The police, for the first time on Tuesday, registered a case against 200 people including Haryana State President All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Hawa Singh for disrupting the train services.

Irked over the police action, the agitating Jats have given March 28 as the final deadline when they will block all railway tracks and road routes.

Meanwhile, the move to snap road entrance of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday by the Jat leaders of UP couldn’t be successful following the deployment of large police force. The UP police had deployed adequate force in sensitive areas in the wake of Jats’ threat.

According to the leaders spearheading the agitation, the Jats will lay siege to Delhi on March 28 to press for their demand.