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More than 800 trains hit due to Jat stir


New Delhi: The Jat stir in Haryana has severely hit the movement of more than 800 trains, and seven stations in the state were set on fire by the agitators.

Jhajjar, Buddha Khed, Julana and Pillu Kheda were among the seven stations which were set afire, a Railway spokesperson said, adding that two track machines were also burnt at Pillu Kheda.

Ahmedabad Rajdhani, Jammu Rajdhani, Shatabdi Express for Amritsar, Kalka, Chandigarh, Bhatinda, and Jaipur AC double-decker services are among 213 trains cancelled due to the Jat agitation, he said.

The agitation has spread over to Delhi-Rewari, Rewari-Alwar, Lohari-Sadulpur sections spanning across Northern and North Western zones of railways.

While 136 trains were diverted, 68 were partially cancelled. Overall, services of 419 Mail or Express trains were hit, the official said.

Passengers with confirmed tickets were informed of the cancellation of their trains through SMS, he said, adding that additional counters have been opened for refund.

Besides, freight operation has also been badly hit due to the agitation, a senior Railway Ministry official said. He said the disruptions have caused a loss of more than Rs 200 crore to the Railways.

Nine trains were cancelled, four partially cancelled and the route of five others changed in Rajasthan.

The trains which were cancelled are Ahmedabad-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Jodhpur-Delhi Mandore Express, Jodhpur/Bikaner-Delhi Sampark Kranti Express, Udaipur-DelhiChetak Express, Ajmer-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, Ajmer-Haridwar Express, Ajmer-Amritsar Express, Delhi-Udaipur Chetak Express and Delhi-Bandra Terminus Garibrath Express, NWR CPRO Tarun Jain said.

A large number of passengers were left stranded in Jammu as several trains passing through Haryana were cancelled due to the agitation.