Jaipur, June 23, 2017: Jat community protesters demanding grant of OBC reservation in jobs blocked road and train services in Bharatpur and neighbouring areas in Rajasthan on Friday.
Rajasthan: Jat protesters block railway track in Bharatpur, demanding reservation pic.twitter.com/bRUKUF6eoj
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Road and train blockades were reported from 14 places mainly between the Bharatpur-Mathura and the Jaipur-Agra sectors, a police officer told media.
Jats are classified as Other Backward Class (OBC) in the state except in Bharatpur and Dholpur districts. The protesters are demanding reservation under the OBC category.
Sources said that Kaman, Bolkheda, Nadbai, Kumher,Khedli, Vehaj, Bandha, Bedham, Deeg, Garoli apart from Jaipur- Bharatpur highway are jammed due to ongoing agitation of Jat community members who had blocked railway track between Bedham and Vehaj railway station yesterday.
The protest was called by Congress legislator and former Bharatpur ruler Vishvendra Singh.
“People are agitated and they don’t want any assurances. If government is really willing to provide reservation to Jats in OBC, they should come to Bharatpur and give people in writing when it will be implemented,” Singh said.
“We will continue to protest till it issues a statement in this regard. It will be a non-violent protest,” he added.