Railway services in Mumbai resume as students demanding jobs call off protest

Railway traffic affected as ‘rail-roko’ agitation by railway job aspirants continues at Dadar railway station

Railway traffic affected as ‘rail-roko’ agitation by railway job aspirants continues at Dadar railway station

He appealed to the protesters to apply for jobs during the railway recruitment drive, which will go on till March 31.

However, lakhs of commuters faced hardships during the peak office hours today as the agitated students blocked the rail traffic, including suburban services between the busy Matunga and Dadar stations, over their demand for jobs in the Indian Railways.

The students, who have cleared the railway apprentice exams, began the "rail roko" since morning 7am between he Matunga and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSMT) stations.

Railway traffic had been affected for almost 4 hours because of the agitation. It is learned that the railway officials played an important role in brokering peace.

"We are running from pillar to post". Over ten students have committed suicide. "We can not let such things happen", a student who was part of the protest said, the media report stated.

They claimed they had taken up their demands right upto the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal who met them but there was no progress in the matter.

"Apprentice students from across the country assembled here yesterday and the railways could not get a whiff of it". The protesting students pelted stones in retaliation.

The protesters indulged in intense stone throwing at police personnel who resorted to lathi-charge to quell the rioting mobs.

The injured officials included five GRP officials (Sr.PI Nitin Bobade, P.I.Satav, PSI Mane, WPC Sanap and WPR Puralkar) and six RPF officials (Sachin Mor, Satendra Kumar, Manoj Yadav, Jasvir Rana, Dharmendra Kumar and Prakash Landage). Due to this movement, the work of Mumbai's famous dabbawala's has also been affected.

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) asked the managers of the nearby BEST depots to run extra buses to assist commuters in reaching their destination on time.

Meanwhile, Rail Yatri Parishad chief Subhash Gupta attacked the railways for "complete intelligence failure" and for the absence of railway officials.

Regarding this issue, CR spokesperson said that the apprenticeship was just to provide training to the apprentices for a specific period, to help them hone their skills and give them experiences and that under the Apprentice Act, there was no provision of giving jobs to the apprentices.

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