Jat agitation in Lucknow disrupts train services

March 7th, 2011 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Lucknow, Mar 7(ANI): Thousands of Jats in Lucknow have disrupted railway services, following the protest over reservation in central jobs under Other Backward Classes(OBC) category.

Atleast 12 trains were cancelled and 30 trains between Lucknow and New Delhi were diverted.

The protesters took to the tracks on the Mathura-Mumbai route and disrupted several trains.

The protesters are demanding for 27 per cent quota.

The trains which are running late: Ernakulam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Mangla Express (12617), Trivandraum-New Delhi Kerala Express (12625), Rajgir-New Delhi Shramjeevi Express (12391), Varanasi-New Delhi Kashi Vishwanath Express (14257), Lucknow-New Delhi AC Express (12233) Pratapgarh-Delhi Padmavat Express (14207), Lucknow-New Delhi Lucknow Mail (12229).

The Jat community is considered a progressive class even though in a couple of states, they are bracketed with OBC.

Indian government has reserved half of all the seats in state colleges and universities for lower caste people and tribal groups to flatten centuries-old social hierarchies. (ANI)

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