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Sanganer Railway station near Jaipur set on fire

Unrest continues in Rajasthan for the 5th day over Gujjars' agitation for ST status.

jaipur Updated: Jun 02, 2007 17:33 IST

Protestors set a railway station on fire at Sanganer near Jaipur as unrest continued in Rajasthan for the fifth day on Saturday over the Gujjars' agitation for ST status, an official said.

The communication system and official documents were gutted in the fire late last night as the Railway Protection Force personnel were allegedly absent from duty.

The protestors first sprayed petrol after pushing out a sole employee there and lit the fire, he said. Two motorcycles parked outside the station were also torched.

Jaipur SP (East) V K Singh said additional force was deployed at all stations on Jaipur's Gandhinagar, Durgapura, Jagatpura and other railway stations as a precautionary measure, he said. A case has been registered and efforts were on to nab the accused.

As a precautionary measure, the state government has sealed the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh borders, a Home Department official said adding that only valid passengers would be allowed to enter after thorough checks.

The police foiled attempts of rioters to create trouble in the state capital and arrested five of them in the wee hours, he said.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) has begun bus services on the Jaipur-Delhi route from both sides and para-military forces would provide security, an official spokesman said.

North West Railways also planned to start metre gauge trains from Jaipur to Rewari followed by trains to Delhi.

First Published: Jun 02, 2007 11:37 IST