Shopkeepers call 2-day bandh over loss during Gujjar stir
A day after the Gujjars called off their 8-day-long agitation over demands of five per cent quota in government jobs, the shopkeepers in Sikandara town of <g data-gr-id="22">Dausa</g> called for a two-day shutdown of the market against the loss incurred by them during the agitation.
"We demand compensation from the state government for the losses incurred by us during the Gujjar agitation. Most of the shops were closed today. The <g data-gr-id="19">bandh</g> will continue tomorrow as well," Yogesh Gupta, a local shopkeeper, said. According to the police, few shops were opened and the shopkeepers were assessing their loss.
The Gujjars had blocked the Agra-Jaipur National Highway 11 passing through the Sikandara town and allegedly ransacked a few shops. They began their agitation on Thursday last week and blocked Delhi-Mumbai railway tracks in Bharatpur and later blocked Agra-Jaipur national highway in Dausa and a state highway in Sawaimadhopur leading to the cancellation and diversion of many trains and disruption on road traffic.Bharatpur, Karauli, <g data-gr-id="23">Sawaimadhopur</g> and <g data-gr-id="24">Dausa</g> were affected due to the stir.
The agitators, however, put an end to their protest after an assurance by the state government late Thursday night that a recommendation regarding their demands will be made to the Centre to get the legislation listed in the ninth Schedule of the Constitution.
Traffic resumes on highways
Traffic on the Agra-Jaipur national highway and a state highway in Sawaimadhopur resumed on <g data-gr-id="44">Friday,</g> after Gujjars called off their 8-day stir. The Delhi-Mumbai tracks have also been cleared. The track is being examined by railway officials to restore it for train <g data-gr-id="42">movement,</g> while vehicular traffic on the highways has begun. "<g data-gr-id="45">Protestres</g> cleared the tracks after their leader Kirori Singh Bainsla announced to end the agitation. The situation is normal now," <g data-gr-id="46">poilice</g> said.