Trains on Hisar-Ludhiana line cancelled; those on Hisar-Rewari line diverted

Agitating Jat organisations demanding reservation in government jobs disrupted rail services in Haryana for the third day on Wednesday. Members of the All India Jat Reservation Action Committee staged a dharna on rail tracks near Gajuwala railway station, affecting traffic and led to the cancellation of trains on the Hisar-Ludhiana route.

Thousands of Jat community members squatted on the railway lines in protest of promises made to them by the government before the Commonwealth Games. “We have been cheated by the government, we accepted their request to let the Commonwealth Games pass peacefully but now we would certainly intensify our campaign,” said the Committee's Haryana president Hawa Singh Sangwan.In violation of a High Court order prohibiting disruption of public services, leaders decided to intensify the stir at the rally held in Mayyar village on Sunday. Train services on Hisar-Rewari line have been disrupted for the last three days and all trains are being diverted to Delhi from Bhiwani.

The Haryana Government has already written to the Centre to grant reservation to Jats and the Union Government has referred the matter to the Backward Classes Commission for consideration. Haryana Power Minister Mahender Partap Singh in a statement issued in Chandigarh said: “The blocking of Hisar-Rewari route will hinder the plying of trains supplying coal to the power generation plants, besides causing hardship to the passengers....Any interruption in supply of coal would lead to closure of power generation plants. ” He urged the agitators to act wisely as a democratic set-up provided many ways of protest.

Mr. Sangwan, however, said, “Applications, requests don't bring attention to our just demand. We are left with no option to make our voice heard, so we will block various rail tracks and important national highways in Hisar and this agitation will brew across many States in the coming few days.”

The Jats, who are a major vote bank in Haryana, have been pressing for 27 per cent reservation in the OBC quota at the Central Government level. In September 2010, former Hisar SP Subhash Yadav had ordered firing on protesters which claimed the life of a young man, Sunil Kumar. A two-day curfew was also imposed in Hisar after large-scale violence in the city by members of the Jat community.