Gur­jars run amok in Raj, pelt stones at po­lice, torch ve­hi­cles

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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.

—ANI

A po­lice van set alight by the ag­i­ta­tors on Sun­day in Dholpur dis­trict

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