Coming out in support of their Haryana counterparts’ reservation demand, the Jats blocked roads and held up a train in Bharatpur district on Sunday.
Vehicular traffic on the Bharatpur-Alwar and Delhi-Mathura routes were hit due to the blockade in Ballabhgarh and Bhusawar. Protesters blocked the Nadbai-Januthar route following which a traffic jam was reported near Echera village in Nadbai.
Bharatpur district is the centre of protests and meetings as the Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur have been demanding OBC quota for the last few years.
Demanding reservation, the protesters stopped the Jaipur-Agra Shatabdi Express near Raisees village on Sunday morning in Nadbai. Agitators blocked the Hindaun route of Bhusawar near Ballabgarh village in Bharatpur.
Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti convener Nem Singh Faujdar said his community was ‘agitated’ by the government’s reaction to the reservation demand in Haryana.
“They have called the army to fight their own people. We thought the army was to fight enemy,” he said. “If situation has gone out of control in Haryana, the government itself is responsible for it.”
“The Jats had been agitating peacefully for the last four months but the Haryana police opened fire on the people… We have come out to protest in solidarity with our brothers and to protest the police firing,” Faujdar said.
The agitation will be intensified to teach the government a lesson, he said.
Locals gathered near Echera village on Januthar route under the Nadbadi police station at around 9.30 am before they started their protest. Road blockade was also reported from Hindaun route near Ballabgarh village under the Bhusawar police station limits. Many commuters were caught in this sudden jam. In Nagaur district, Jats from 15 districts staged a march before submitting a memorandum to the additional district magistrate demanding OBC quota for their community in Haryana.
Over 30 trains affected, RSTC bus service hit
Over 30 trains passing through Rajasthan were affected due to ongoing Jat agitation in neighbouring Haryana.
The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation stopped plying buses to Delhi.
Twenty-eight trains were cancelled, seven partially cancelled and a few diverted on Sunday, North Western Railway (NWR) officials said. Twelve trains will remain cancelled on Monday.
The passengers travelling to Delhi from various parts of the state were in for a rough time as several trains and buses were stopped at the Haryana border. Many trains were partially cancelled and a few were diverted through other routes.
RSRTC official said the buses that departed to Delhi from Sindhi Camp bus stand had returned to Jaipur after they were stopped at Shahjahanpur border on Sunday. After 12 noon no buses left for Delhi.
The Ahmedabad-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Jaipur-Chandigarh Express were among the cancelled trains.