Jat agitation affects rail services in Northern India

Jat agitation affects rail services in Northern India. The agitators sat on rail tracks between Ajarka and Bawal on the Delhi-Jaipur route affecting movement of trains, a Railway spokesman said in the Rajasthan capital. Train services on Hisar-Bhiwani, Hisar-Jakhal and Hisar-Sadalpur remained affected for the eighth straight day today as activists of the Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti staged sit-ins at various places in Haryana's Hisar district. More Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel were deployed in-and-around Muradpur canal in Ghaziabad district in view of protesters' threat to disrupt water supply to the national capital.
Jats have threatened to cut all essential supplies to Delhi if their demands are not met by March 17. Agitators also plan to block the supply of oil from Mathura refinery to Delhi. A Jat Sikh organisation has warned of a stir in Punjab if the demand of the community for quota in jobs is not met immediately. A decision in this regard will be taken after observing the response of the authorities, Jat Sikh Sabha chief Suchha Singh Bajwa said in Jalandhar. The agitators are demanding inclusion of Jats in the list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) to enable them avail the benefit of quota in government jobs.