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Gujjar agitation affects rail traffic between Delhi and Rajasthan

Rail traffic between Delhi and various destinations in Rajasthan remained disrupted on Sunday due to the ongoing violent agitation by the Gujjar community demanding Scheduled Tribe status.

delhi Updated: May 25, 2008 15:58 IST

Rail traffic between Delhi and various destinations in Rajasthan remained disrupted on Sunday due to the ongoing violent agitation by the Gujjar community demanding Scheduled Tribe status.

Railway officials said at least seven trains passing through the state, including the Amritsar-Mumbai Golden Temple Mail and Nizamuddin-Bandra Garib Rath Express, were cancelled in the interest of passengers safety.

The prime reason for suspension of traffic on this section was to prevent damage to railway property. The train services have been stopped due to agitation by Gujjar Samaj Mahapanchayat Samiti and wide scale public disturbance between Gangapur CityBayana section on Kota Division, a Northern Railway statement said.

"The situation is very tense in this region. Until calm is restored, it will not be possible to operate railway services in certain areas of Rajasthan," a senior Northern railway official said.

The other trains that have been cancelled are the Dehradun-Bandra Nimach Link Express, Nizamuddin-Udaipur Intrercity Expresss, Nizamuddin-Indore Intercity Express, Nizamuddin-Mumbai August Kranti Express and Firozpur-Mumbai Janta Express.

Train movement on other section were also badly affected by the agitation. Several other trains, most of them Rajdhani Express, were diverted to other routes.

The trains that have been diverted include New Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express, Nizamuddin Trivandrun Rajdhani Express, Amritsar-BandraT- Paschim Express, Jammu Tawi-JamnagarSuper Fast, Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Trivandrun-H.Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express, Amritsar-Bandra Paschim Express and Bandra-Jammu Tawi Swaraj Express.