Kishanganj: students end 15-hour rail blockade
Posted on: 08:20 AM IST Oct 13, 2011
New Delhi: After 15 hours of blockade, students from Aligarh Muslim University finally ended their agitation. The students, who were demanding land for the Aligarh Muslim University proposed study centre, called off their protest late on Wednesday night.
Islampur MLA Abdul Karim Chaudhry told PTI that the standoff ended after former Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee's intervened.
The stir dealt a severe blow to the Railways' eastern network. Almost 30 thousand passengers including Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi were left stranded. Trivedi was on a train to Kolkata. In all 18 long distance trains like the Guwahati Rajdhani were affected.
Over 100 protestors from a student organisation were up in arms over the delay in Aligarh Muslim University's proposed campus in Kishenganj.
The protesters also blocked NH-31 for several hours and prevented the movement of vehicles between the two states even as Kishanganj town wore a deserted look as the local people ensured a virtual shutdown of all activities, sources said.
Meanwhile, Bihar HRD minister PK Shahi criticised Congress MP Maulana Asrarul Haque for playing politics over the proposed AMU study centre at Kishanganj by organising the protest.
With additional information from PTI