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Gujjars' stir throws rail traffic out of gear

Rail traffic passing through Rajasthan continues to be badly affected for the fourth consecutive day.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2008 05:54 PM IST

Rail traffic passing through Rajasthan continued to be badly affected for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday with ten trains being cancelled by the Northern Railways in view of the violent agitation by the Gujjar community in the state.

Ten trains, mostly originating from Delhi, were cancelled on Tuesday in the interest of passengers' safety following the ongoing violent agitation at different places in Rajasthan, a Railway official said.

The trains that were cancelled are August Kranti Express, Nimach Link Express, Nizamuddin-Udaipur Intercity, Nizamuddin-Indore Intercity, Janta Express, Nizamuddin-Kota Jan Shatabdi Express and Gujrat Sampark Kranti.

Bandra-Nizamuddin, Maharashtra Samprak Kranti, Muzaffarpur-Bandra Avadh Express and Ahmedabad-Asansol Parasanath Express were also cancelled on Tuesday.

Service of these trains has been stopped due to the agitation by Gujjar Samaj Mahapanchayat Samiti and largescale public disturbance between Gangapur City-Bayana section in Kota Division, a Northern Railway statement said.

The main motive behind suspension of rail traffic in the area was to prevent further damage to railway property. "The situation is very bad. Railways properties worth lakhs of rupees have been damaged at several places in Rajasthan. Protestors have uprooted the railway tracks at many places. It is not possible to continue the train services in such circumstances," a senior Railway official said.

"Until calm is restored, it will not be possible to operate railway services in such areas of Rajasthan," the official said.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at different stations in the region as the train movement in other sections was also badly affected by the agitation.

Several trains were either scheduled or diverted to different routes. The diverted trains are New Delhi-Mumbai- Rajdhani Express, Amritsar-Bandra Paschim Express, Jammu Tawi-Hapa Super Fast, Jammu Tawi-Mumbai Swaraj Express, Jamnagar-Jammu Tawi Superfast Express, Madgaon-Nizamuddin Goa Sampark Kranti and Nizamuddin-Trivandrum Rajdhani Express.

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