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Mumbai rail roko protest updates: Train services resume on Central Line as students call off agitation

Scores of agitated students demanding jobs in railways on Tuesday blocked rail traffic, including suburban services between Matunga and Dadar stations.

FP Staff March 20, 2018 10:44:21 IST
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Mumbai rail roko protest updates: Train services resume on Central Line as students call off agitation

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Mar 20, 2018 - 10:54 (IST)

Watch: Railways has given us assurance of a discussion on this issue in two days, say protesters

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:51 (IST)

Piyush Goyal assured help to protesters, Kirit Somaiya had tweeted

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:46 (IST)

Railway traffic resumes as protest ends

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:44 (IST)

Students call off agitation

News reports have said that train services on Central Line have resumed as students have called off their agitation.

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:37 (IST)

Massive crowd at the protest site

Image procured by Sanjay Sawant

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:35 (IST)

Watch: Angry protesters at the railway tracks

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:33 (IST)

No provision of giving jobs to apprentices: Central Railway

The Central Railway has released a statement on the protest and has said: "There is no provision of giving jobs to the apprentices as per the Apprentice Act."

"They are given only training of a specified period to improve their skills and experience of having worked in the field.  However, Ministry of Railways have taken a decision and reserved 20 percent of the seats filled through direct recruitment."

"The notification is already issued with last date of submitting application as 31.3.2018. Apprentices can apply against this notification and Special Examination will shortly be held for Apprentices who have done training in Railway Workshops under Apprentices Act."

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:29 (IST)

Watch: Students take to railway tracks to protest

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:22 (IST)

Dabbawalas say they are stuck due to protest

Mumbai Dabbawala Association spokesperson Subhash Talekar said that the rail roko protest on the central line impacted tiffin delivery service in some areas.

He said that many dabbawalas are stuck at stations due to the protest. They are waiting to get train services back on track.

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:12 (IST)

Visuals from the rail roko protest

Mumbai rail roko latest updates: The train services have resumed as students have called off their agitation.

Congress has said it supports the protest. Meanwhile, local MNS workers have also reached the spot to support to protest.

Scores of agitated students demanding jobs in railways on Tuesday blocked rail traffic, including suburban services between Matunga and Dadar stations, causing difficulties to lakhs of commuters, a Central Railway official said.

The students blocked the rail track at 7 am in the morning, forcing railway to stop the suburban as well as express trains in the affected section between Matunga and CSMT.

Mumbai rail roko protest updates Train services resume on Central Line as students call off agitation

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Entire four lines are affected between Matunga and CSMT. Police and railway official are having talks with them, the official said.

"There has been no recruitment since last four years. We are struggling from pillars to post. Over 10 students have committed suicide. We cannot let such things happen," a student, who was part of the protest, said.

"We will not budge from here until and unless Railway Minister Piyush Goyal come and meet us. Our several prayers made to DRM (Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division) have failed," another student said.

"Mumbai police along with GRP and RPF jawans are having talks with the students and railway's first priority was to clear the track first," Chief PRO of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said.

Students shouting slogans against railways held placard in their hands demanding one time settlement from GM quota and said that they demand jobs from government.

With inputs from agencies

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