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Students demanding jobs block railway tracks in Mumbai

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

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Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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

The students started blocking the rail track at 7 AM in the morning, forcing railway to stop the suburban as well as express train in the affected section between Matunga and CSMT.

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

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

“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 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, Somaiya‏ tweeted.

However, chief PRO of Central Railway Sunil Udasi 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.

 

 

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