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Jat agitation affects rail, road network in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, Dholpur

The protest was led by leaders and Congress MLA Vishvendra Singh who are demanding reservation for Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur districts.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2017 16:23 IST
Suresh Foujdar
Suresh Foujdar
Hindustan Times, Bharatpur
Jat Agitation,Reservation,Rajasthan
Jat protesters block Alwar-Mathura rail route in Bharatpur.(ANI Twitter)

The fresh bout of agitation by the Jats demanding OBC reservation benefits to the community in Dholpur and Bharatpur districts disrupted the rail and road traffic in Rajasthan forcing Northern Western Railway (NWR) to cancel two trains and divert two others on Friday.

The protesters are sitting on the tracks at Bahaj village blocking the Alwar-Mathura rail section and near Bharapur railway station blocking the Agra-Jaipur section. They have blocked portions of the national highways connecting Bharatpur to Mathura, Agra and Jaipur. They are also staging blockade on state highways at Kanjoli Line, Kumher, Deeg, Bedham, Pasta, Rarah and Delh road in Kaman.

“State transport and private buses are being diverted to alternative routes. Market in Bharatpur is closed to avoid any untoward incident,” SP Bharatpur Anil Kumar Tank said.

The protesters are led by erstwhile royal family member and Congress MLA Vishvendra Singh.

“We don’t want assurances. They have proven to be hollow in the past. We will not call off the stir even if the government accepts the OBC commission’s survey report because they can delay the quota notification till the assembly election in 2018,” Singh said.

“If government is really willing to provide reservation to Jats in OBC, it should come to Bharatpur and give people in writing when it will be implemented,” Singh said, adding Jats in Bharatpur and Dholpur have been demanding reservation since August 2015 but the demand has not been fulfilled yet.

Convener of Bharatpur-Dholpur Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Nem Singh, who is leading the blockade of railway track at Bahaj, echoed Singh. “Government should give the timeline for issuing notification of the OBC quota. Only then will we hold discussions with panch patels on lifting the blockade,” he said.

The OBC commission had on Thursday submitted its report to chief minister Vasundhara Raje. State social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi had said that government was positive about providing reservation to Jats in Bharatpur and Dholpur and urged the community members to call off the protest. He had said that the commission has submitted its recommendations and government would consider them with regards to OBC quota demands.

The district administration, meanwhile, is trying to convince the protesters to lift the blockade. District collector of Bharatpur Narendra Kumar Gupta said, “We are trying to convince the Jat leaders and have urged them to maintain law and order. We have forwarded their demands to the senior officials.”

Rail traffic affected

Station Superintendent, Bharatpur junction, BK Singhal said the rail traffic has been badly affected due to the Jat agitation.

NWR’s chief public relations officer Tarun Jain confirmed that 51973 Mathura-Jaipur and 51974 Jaipur-Mathura passenger trains have been cancelled. The 12035 Jaipur-Agra Fort Shatabdi will terminate at Bandikui whereas 51792 Bhiwani-Mathura passenger train will terminate at Alwar, he said.

Routes of 19666 Udaipur-Khajuraho Express and 12403 Allahabad-Jaipur SF Express have been diverted, Jain said, requesting the passengers to check the status of trains before planning their trips.

On Thursday, a goods train was stopped by the agitators near Deeg in Bharatpur.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 14:04 IST