Gurjars run amok in Raj, pelt stones at police, torch vehicles
Jaipur: The agitation for job quota by the Gurjar community turned violent on Sunday as the demonstrators clashed with the police in Dholpur, forcing collector Neha Giri to impose a curfew under Section 144 in the district.
Three police vehicles were torched and 8-10 shots were fired in the air when a blockade on the highway was under way, the police said, adding that the stone pelting injured half a dozen policemen.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot criticised the protest, as part of which the community had also blocked the railway tracks, as illegal.
“We respect their sentiments. But anti-social elements orchestrated violence in Dholpur. When their leader, Kirori Bainsla, is appealing for peace, then the community should abide. I hope (Gurjar leaders) come forward and have a dialogue with us to end the deadlock on their demand for 5 per cent reservation,” said the CM.
Leaders of the community expressed regret over the violence, but warned of expanding the agitation on Monday. “We insisted on a non-violent protest, but it could expand in the face of insufficient assurance from government,” said Shailendra Gurjar, secretary general, Gurjar Reservation Agitation Committee.
A police van set alight by the agitators on Sunday in Dholpur district