JAP Activists Disrupt Train Traffic in Bihar; Again

Pappu Yadav's supporters disrupt railway traffic in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Resorting to his usual politics of disruption and anarchy that has cost the state thousands of crores of rupees in financial loss since his return to politics a few years ago, Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) chief Pappu Yadav unleashed his minions again on Wednesday to block railway tracks and harass railway officials to highlight their long list of demands.

As many times in the past, protestor blocked the railway tracks at Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal, and Patna Sahib railway station causing delay to a number of passenger trains for hours. Similar scene was witnessed in other parts of the state including Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Purnia, Chhapra and others.

Demanding a change in the process of conducting computer-based railway job entrance exams, Yadav supporters accused the NDA government at the Center saying it was deliberately trying to make test process tougher so less people appear in exams for locomotive pilots and other technical jobs in the Indian Railways.

Protestors said that the government has set up test centers in faraway states Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka that makes it extremely difficult for railway job aspirants to appear in the exam to be conducted on August 9.

"Why couldn't they set up test centers in their own state instead of making them travel thousands of kilometers away from their home. Many students cannot afford to go to these distant places and also cannot afford air fare to be there in a matter of hours while many others cannot be away from their families for nearly a week for a variety of personal reasons," said one protestor.

Police arrested a number of protestors but later released them at their own cognizance.

Trains were finally allowed to move after police officials assured them of sending their demands to the top railway officials in Delhi.


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