Pakistan

Lahore-Delhi Dosti Bus Service suspended following caste riots in India

LAHORE: Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) on Sunday suspended the Lahore-Delhi Dosti Bus Service for a day due to the ongoing riots in Indian state of Haryana.

Speaking to media, Managing Director of PTCD Colonel (retd.) Khalid said that 20 people had booked their bus seats for Monday. He added that the passengers have been informed of the suspension.

He added that the buses departed to New Delhi thrice in a week from Lahore.

AFP adds: Ten people have died in caste protests which triggered widespread arson and looting in a north Indian state, police said Sunday, as New Delhi faced a water crisis after mobs shut down a key supply.

Thousands of troops with shoot-on-sight orders were deployed on Saturday in Haryana state, a day after week-long protests turned violent with rioters setting fire to homes and railway stations and blocking highways.

Ten people have been killed and about 150 injured in the state since Friday when officers fired on rioters, Haryana police chief Yash Pal Singal told a press conference, updating earlier estimates of five dead.

The Jat caste is leading the protests, demanding quotas for government jobs and university places, saying they are struggling to find employment and education opportunities despite India’s strong economic growth.

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