SC/ST protests: Over 100 trains affected, 9 services cancelled

NEW DELHI: Over 100 passenger and mail train services were today affected, nine were cancelled and a few more short-terminated as the Dalit agitation over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act escalated in several states, officials said.
Of the nine train services cancelled, five were scheduled to have run today.
As the protesters squatted on the tracks, hurled stones at the trains and wreaked havoc on the platforms, the railways cancelled the Amritsar-Jaynagar Saryu Yamuna Express, New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express, Jaipur-Chandigarh Intercity Express, Ajmer-New Delhi Shatabdi Express and the Sealdah-Varanasi Express, scheduled to have run today.
The national transporter also cancelled three trains — the Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, the Amritsar-Chandigarh Superfast Express and the Chandigarh-Jaipur Intercity Express — which were scheduled to run tomorrow, along with the Jaynagar-Amritsar Shaheed Express, scheduled to run on April 4.
The railways also short-terminated and partially cancelled 17 trains scheduled for today and tomorrow, including the New Delhi-Amritsar-New Delhi Swaran Shatabdi Express and the New Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi Express. (AGENCIES)