Rail traffic disrupted on day 3 after Jat Protest

Rail services were today disrupted in the Hisar-Ludhiana route as an agitation by a Jat organisation demanding reservation for the community in government jobs entered the third day today. Members of the All India Jat Reservation Action Committee staged a dharna on rail tracks near Gajuwala railway station resulting affecting traffic and leading to cancellation of trains on the Hisar-Ludhiana route, Station Superintendent R S Meena said. Meanwhile, trains services on Hisar-Rewari line were also distruped for the third consecutive day today following a demonstration by many members of the community, in violation of a High Court order, prohibiting disruption of public services.
The decision to intensify the stir was taken by the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti at a rally held in village Mayyar on Sunday. The Haryana government has already written to the Centre to grant reservation status to Jats and the Union government has referred the matter to the Backward Classes Commission for consideration, Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda told reporters. Haryana''s Power Minister Mahender Partap Singh has appealed the agitators not to block rail tracks, especially on Hisar-Rewari route, as it has hindered the plying of trains supplying coal to the power generation plants, besides causing hardship to the passengers. In a statement issued in Chandigarh today, Singh said the agitators should understand that any interruption in supply of coal would lead to closure of power generation plants. "Industrial production would also come to a grinding halt, the agricultural tubewells would also not run," he said and asked the agitators to act wisely as in a democratic set up they have several other options to raise their voice.


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