New Delhi/Noida/Gurgaon, May 28 (UNI) A day before the proposed 'chakka jam' by the Gujjar community in the National Capital Region (NCR), trains were stopped and traffic disrupted on highways by agitators today.
Members of the community, which had been demanding ST status and protesting police firing in Rajasthan, stopped trains at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and blocked traffic at G T Road.
In Gurgaon, traffic was blocked at Nathupur by over 100 protestors for an hour.
Another group of protesters set tyres afire in Gurgaon's M G Road area, where major malls are located, causing a major traffic jam.
With the Gujjar coumunity planning a massive 'chakka jam' in the NCR tomorrow, large contingents of police were guarding Gujjar strongholds in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
In view of the ongoing Gujjar agitation for ST status, the Rajasthan government has promulgated National Security Act (NSA) in 15 districts of the state, including Jaipur, Dausa and Bharatpur.
Meanwhile, the All India Gujjar Manch has also decided to 'gherao' BJP offices across the country. They threatened that vegetables and milk supplies to the national Capital will not be allowed.
Till now, the Gujjar agitation had disrupted train traffic passing through Rajasthan but spreading of the agitation to Delhi could prove to be a tough task for the government to handle.
With railway properties getting vandalised in the wake of the ongoing agitation, the Railway Ministry today dashed off letters to five states, including Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi, to take effective steps to deal with the situation.
The two other states, which have been asked to reinforce security measures are Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, a Railway Ministry official said.
In the NCR, seven additional battalions of Railway Protection Force (RPF) have been deployed.
The official said the General Managers of the North Western Railway, North Central Railway and West Central Railway had been instructed to take all possible measures to beef up security measures to ensure protection of railway properties.
Railways have suffered huge losses worth crores of rupees due to the ongoing Gujjar agitation. During the last five days, starting from May 23 to 27, Northern Railway has refunded Rs 2,29,02,948 to 36,580 passengers having reserved tickets of the cancelled and diverted trains at New Delhi, Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations.
The unreserved passengers numbering 6,410 were paid Rs 9,61,415 in return of their tickets.
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