Gujjars block roads, railway in NCR

May 29th, 2008 - 11:41 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): Gujjars blocked road and rail traffic in the capital and adjoining areas today as part of their ‘NCR rasta roko’ agitation.

The NCR agitation, called by All India Gujjar Mahasabha, is in support of the community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status in Rajasthan.

A protest march was held at Mayur Vihar in East Delhi this morning while protestors blocked traffic on Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, Noida Express Highway and NH-24 besides stopping a passenger train in Loni area of adjoining Ghaziabad.

Railways cancelled ten trains, including Nizamuddin-Kochi, Maharashtra Sampark Kranti, Nizamuddin-Udaipur and Dehradun-Bandra Express.

Over 35,000 police personnel, including those from the central paramilitary forces, have been deployed in NCR to avoid any kind of untoward incident.

Security arrangements have been mounted in the NCR including Rewari, Narnaul, Gurgaon, Sonipat, Panipat and Faridabad.

Large contingents of police are keeping a vigil across the Capital, especially in Mehrauli, Ghazipur, Patparganj, Badarpur, Khanpur, Ayanagar, Chilla village and Rampur.

The Union Home Ministry had put the NCR on high alert two days ago following the agitation call and issued advisories to the Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh Governments asking them to take all measures for maintaining peace.

Meanwhile, the situation in the 15 Gujjar agitation affected districts of Rajasthan continues to be tense. The State Government has already invoked National Security Act (NSA) in affected districts.

The alert went out on Tuesday as Gujjars continued their rampage in Rajasthan and other areas, ripping out rail signalling systems, blocking arterial highways and clashing with police. (ANI)

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