Piyush Goyal assured help to protesters, Kirit Somaiya had tweeted
Mumbai Railway Apprentice Agitation, I just talked to Minister @PiyushGoyal.He assured discussion with andolan karta. justice b given to all including Apprentice.Separate 20% quota & special exam for Apprentice. I appeal the AndolanKarta to withdraw RailRoko & come for discussion
#WATCH: Railway traffic resumes between Dadar & Matunga, agitating railway job aspirants still present at the spot where they have been protesting, between Matunga & Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station. #Mumbaipic.twitter.com/J72KIhc38b
News reports have said that train services on Central Line have resumed as students have called off their agitation.
Massive crowd at the protest site
Image procured by Sanjay Sawant
Watch: Angry protesters at the railway tracks
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."
Watch: Students take to railway tracks to protest
#WATCH -- Railway services in Mumbai affected as students take to the tracks, demanding jobs in Railways. Train services between Kurla and CSMT suspended pic.twitter.com/l6Isj3nO7m
Congress says it supports the Mumbai rail roko protest
"Congress is in full support of the protest of agitating students," Congress leader R Vikhe Patil told CNN-News18.
News reports also said that local MNS leaders have also arrived at the spot and are supporting the protest.
Shiv Sena leaders to meet Piyush Goyal over Mumbai protests: News18
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.
Representational image. Reuters
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.