Sikh protest hits Northern Rly traffic

Train services were severely affected across north India as Sikh outfits on Sunday disrupted rail traffic for several hours in Punjab against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s acquittal in the 1984 riots case.

Schedules of several trains went haywire as around three dozen trains were left stranded at different stations for hours during the day.

Officials said that while four local trains were cancelled, around 40 trains had to be regulated due to the protest. Some of the major long-distance trains that were affected include Shatabdi Express, Amritsar-Saharsa Express, Jammu-Chennai Express, New Delhi-Amritsar Superfast, Chhattisgarh-Amritsar Express, Howrah-Amritsar Express and Amritsar-Mumbai Paschim Express.

The affected trains were running up to four hours behind schedule, officials said.

“Around two dozen trains were running late by 1-4 hours. Trains like Howrah-Amritsar Mail, Jammu Tawi-Chennai Andaman Express, Ludhiana-Ferozpur DMU train and Amritsar-New Delhi Express were running late by more than four hours. Similarly, Amritsar-Saharasa Garibrath Express, Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express and Amritsar-Chandigarh Superfast were running late by more than three hours,” said a senior Northern Railway official.

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