Gujjar blockade passes off with minor incidents

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New Delhi, May 29 (UNI) The day-long blockade of the National Capital Region (NCR) organised by the Gujjar community in support of their demand for inclusion in the ST list in Rajasthan today passed off with minor incidents of violence.

In the National Capital, police detained nearly 150 people from East and South Delhi. While 50 people were detained at Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road in South Delhi, around 100 agitators were detained from near Akshardham Temple in East Delhi. In South Delhi's Aya Nagar, a case of rioting was registered but no arrests were made.

Several trains including Nizamuddin-Ahmedabad Gujarat Sampark Kranti Express train and Bandra-H Nizamuddin Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express train were cancelled today and many diverted through alternate routes following the agitation, the Northern Railway said.

In East Delhi's Mayur Vihar, Gujjars took out a protest march and blocked traffic. They were later dispersed by police using mild force. Protestors blocked traffic on Mehrauli-Gurgaon road, Noida Express Highway and NH-24, besides stopping two passenger trains in Loni area of Ghaziabad district.

In Mehrauli, there were reports of stone pelting but the situation is said to be under control.

Most offices in Noida remained closed due to the agitation.

In Gurgaon, Gujjars blocked traffic at village Narsinghpur on NH-8. The Faridabad-Gurgaon road was also blocked in the morning.

Sources said over 35,000 police personnel, including central paramilitary forces, were deployed in Delhi and surrounding areas, particularly in Gujjar strongholds of the NCR.

Meanwhile, traffic diversions were also affected at several places in the capital in view of the Gujjar agitation.

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