Jat protesters clear rail tracks

Taking a suo motu cognisance of the ongoing agitation on the tracks, the High Court  on Friday directed the UP government to immediately take steps to evict the protesters and clear the railway tracks.

Movement of trains, which had come to halt following the agitation, was likely to start later in the evening after a thorough checking of the tracks.

The Jats have moved to a school  near the Kafurpur railway station  tracks and vowed to continue agitation there till the demand for reservation in the Central government jobs is met.

The Jats apparently relented after officials made it clear that they were bound by the court orders and would use force, if necessary, to evict protesters.

The Jats, who had made the tracks their home for the past 15 days paralysing movement of trains on the busy Moradabad-Delhi route, and had erected tents, were seen leaving carrying their blankets, pillows and bedsheets.

“We will not hesitate to resume our agitation on tracks if the Centre does not accept our demands in next few days,” Jat leader Satpal Chaudhary said.

Meanwhile, Mayawati on Saturday claimed credit for ending the Jat agitation saying that the community had accepted her appeal to clear the tracks.

Addressing a press conference here, Mayawati lashed out at the Centre for “dilly-dallying” on Jat’s demand, which, she alleged, led to the disruption of rail traffic causing inconvenience to the people.

The agitation had forced the railways to cancel hundreds of trains causing huge inconvenience to the people especially those planning to go home on the occasion of “Holi.”

The brass industry in Moradabad had also been hit hard by the agitation with hundreds of containers bound for Delhi for exports remaining stranded at the Moradabad railway station. “The brass industry has already suffered a loss of about Rs 50 crore,” railway sources said.

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