Gujjar quota stir: Protesters block tracks in Rajasthan, several trains affected

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 February 2019, 11:41 AM
The Mumbai-headquartered Western Railway cancelled, terminated mid-way and diverted several trains. (Photo: ANI)
The Mumbai-headquartered Western Railway cancelled, terminated mid-way and diverted several trains. (Photo: ANI)

As the Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan continued on Sunday, several trains have been affected between Sawai Madhopur-Bayana section. Agitators blocked railway tracks in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district demanding five per cent reservation to Gujjars, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria communities in government jobs and educational institutions. The CPRO West Central Railways said that 10 trains were diverted/short terminated or cancelled on Sunday in the Malarna-Nimoda block section on North-Western Railway.

The Mumbai-headquartered Western Railway cancelled, terminated mid-way and diverted several trains. The Western Railway on Sunday said that to clear extra rush between Sawai Madhopur-Bayana in West Central Railway, a special train from Bandra Terminus to Sawai Madhopur will ply at 8.15 pm from February 10 till Thursday. It will depart from Sawai Madhopur at 1.45 pm for Bandra on the same dates.

Currently, the five communities are getting 1 per cent separate reservation under the most-backward category in addition to the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota.

 

"We want five per cent reservation for our community, the way the Centre has given 10 per cent to the economically backward classes. The government did not respond to our demand, neither did anyone come to talk to us, so we were forced to take this step," Gujjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla had said. “We will stay here until a decision is taken, until we get 5 per cent reservation,” he said.

First Published: Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:29 AM
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