Protestors in Agra block rail traffic demanding HC bench

     Protesters here on Saturday blocked rail traffic by staging demonstrations on the railway tracks, demanding establishment of High Court bench in the city. Protestors said that their agitation would continue and intensify further until their demands are met. "Uttar Pradesh is a very big state and people of western Uttar Pradesh here are facing lot of problems due to unavailability of High Court. Our demand of High Court bench in Agra has been clearly mentioned in the report of Jaswant Singh Commission. For this demand, we have today announced rail and road jam. We would continue our agitation till Agra High Court bench is established," said P.K.Singh, a protestor. The Government had constituted a commission under the leadership of former judge Jaswant Singh in 1981. But its recommendations, as per which High Court benches had to be established, have not been implemented yet. The Commission submitted its report in 1985. Media reports say that the matter remains pending citing several excuses like getting recommendations from the State Government or the Supreme Court or the High Court. The Agra High Court was shifted in 1857. The recommendation of setting up a High Court Bench in Agra was considered as the restoration of city's glory.

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