The Telangana Joint Action Committee’s (JAC) call for a 36-hour rail roko hit train services across the country.
Though the strike began at 6 am on Saturday, instead of the scheduled Friday midnight plan, apprehending possible trouble, the South Central Railway cancelled 72 express and 264 passenger trains to and from Telangana or passing through the region.
All trains between Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Patna, Rajkot and Jaipur have been cancelled.
Some of the New Delhi-bound trains which were diverted on September 24 are — New Delhi Grand Trunk Express from Chennai Central, New Delhi-Tamil Nadu Express from Chennai Central, Hazrat Nizamuddin Garib Rath Express from Chennai, Hazrat Nizamuddin Sampark Kranti Express from Madurai and Hazrat Nizamuddin Express from Ernakulam. The New Delhi-bound Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express from Chennai on September 25 will be diverted.
The south-bound New Delhi-Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh Express from New Delhi, scheduled for September 24, was rescheduled for September 25. The New Delhi-Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh Express, scheduled to depart New Delhi on September 25, will run as scheduled.
The JAC, which comprises the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other groups, is the sponsor of the Sakala Janula Samme or general strike that was launched on September 13 in support of a separate statehood.
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