Gujjar protests bring Delhi to standstill
Gujjars today blocked road and rail traffic in the capital and adjoining areas as part of their NCR rasta roko agitation even as over 35,000 policemen fanned out across the National Capital Region to prevent any untoward incident.
The NCR agitation, called by All India Gujjar Mahasabha, is in support of the community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status in Rajasthan where 39 people were killed last week in clashes between the police and protestors.
A protest march was held at Mayur Vihar in east Delhi this morning while protestors blocked traffic on Mehrauli- Gurgaon road, Noida Express Highway and NH-24 besides stopping a passenger train in Loni area of adjoining Ghaziabad. There were reports that agitators pelted stones at police personnel at Aya Nagar in south Delhi but there was no official confirmation.
Anticipating blockades, Railways cancelled ten trains, including Nizamuddin-Kochi, Maharashtra Sampark Kranti, Nizamuddin-Udaipur and Dehradun-Bandra Express.
The Union Home Ministry had put the National Capital Region on high alert two days ago following the agitation call and issued advisories to Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments asking them to take all measures for maintaining peace.