Mumbai: Several job aspirants on Tuesday staged protesting between Mumbai’s Matunga and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway stations, stalling local train services in the Maharashtra capital leaving hundreds of commuters stranded. The protesters are demanding employment in Central Railways, claiming they have already cleared the examinations for the same.
The protesters stopped trains plying between Matunga and Dadar stations. Police personnel were rushed to the spot soon after the protests gained momentum. The aspirants reportedly resorted to stone pelting on the cops as they tried to stop them from protesting on railway tracks.As many as 60 local trains from Kurla to CST have been cancelled following the agitation.
The aspirants claim that they have cleared the examination conducted by the Railways. The Central line of Mumbai local train network runs from Chhatrapati Shivani Terminus to Karjat and Khapoli. As many as 40 to 42 lakh commuters travel via the Central line everyday.
According to senior railways officials of the CR, the students have stopped traffic since 7 am. Officials said they are running special trains for Kurla station in the down direction and diverting railway traffic from Dadar station in the up direction to facilitate commute. “Due to some agitation between Matunga and Dadar, rail traffic affected between Matunga and CSMT. The Up slow local trains are terminating at Kurla and returning as special in down direction,” a senior railway official said.
Railway security forces including the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) are at the spot to control the crowd. They are conducting lathi charge to ensure students move out of the tracks. Some students have been injured, officials said.
According to senior railway officials, March 31 is the deadline to fill the form for taking the examination for the students to get jobs in railways.