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Kurmi stir hits rail companies for fourth day; 205 trains cancelled to date 

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Kurmi tribe protest in Bengal's Purulia for OBC status enters Day 2, several rail routes blocked

By PTI

KOLKATA: The rail blockade by Kurmis continued for the fourth day on Friday at Kustaur and Khemasuli stations of South Eastern Railway, with at the least 205 mail, specific and passenger trains getting cancelled up to now over the previous few days, an official mentioned.

Kurmis had first taken to rail and street blockades in Bengal and neighbouring states on September 20 demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) standing and inclusion of Kurmali language within the eighth schedule of the Constitution.

In Jharkhand and Odisha, nonetheless, the blockade of railway tracks was lifted on that very day itself, however the protest on the two stations of Bengal continued.

“The agitation is still underway at Kustaur and Khemasuli stations of South Eastern Railway. Normal train services remain severely affected in Adra and Kharagpur divisions,” the SER official mentioned.

“As many as 205 mail/express and passenger trains have been cancelled since Tuesday,” he mentioned.

Apart from this, 74 trains have been short-terminated or short-originated, 89 diverted and 4 trains have been rescheduled, the official mentioned.

Senior officers of Railways are on the two stations to observe the scenario; they’re coordinating with the state authorities, he mentioned.

Among the trains cancelled on Friday are 12834 Howrah-Ahmedabad Express, 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Express and 18615/18616 Howrah-Hatia-Howrah Express, he added.

KOLKATA: The rail blockade by Kurmis continued for the fourth day on Friday at Kustaur and Khemasuli stations of South Eastern Railway, with at the least 205 mail, specific and passenger trains getting cancelled up to now over the previous few days, an official mentioned.

Kurmis had first taken to rail and street blockades in Bengal and neighbouring states on September 20 demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) standing and inclusion of Kurmali language within the eighth schedule of the Constitution.

In Jharkhand and Odisha, nonetheless, the blockade of railway tracks was lifted on that very day itself, however the protest on the two stations of Bengal continued.

“The agitation is still underway at Kustaur and Khemasuli stations of South Eastern Railway. Normal train services remain severely affected in Adra and Kharagpur divisions,” the SER official mentioned.

“As many as 205 mail/express and passenger trains have been cancelled since Tuesday,” he mentioned.

Apart from this, 74 trains have been short-terminated or short-originated, 89 diverted and 4 trains have been rescheduled, the official mentioned.

Senior officers of Railways are on the two stations to observe the scenario; they’re coordinating with the state authorities, he mentioned.

Among the trains cancelled on Friday are 12834 Howrah-Ahmedabad Express, 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Express and 18615/18616 Howrah-Hatia-Howrah Express, he added.