VI­O­LENCE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

JAIPUR: Around half-a-dozen po­lice­men were in­jured when Gu­j­jar pro­test­ers de­mand­ing five per­cent spe­cial reser­va­tion for their com­mu­nity in govern­ment jobs and ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes opened fire, burnt ve­hi­cles and threw stones in Ra­jasthan’s Dholpur dis­trict on Sun­day.

Ra­jasthan’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (law and or­der) ML Lather, in the evening, said three cases have been reg­is­tered against the ag­i­ta­tors in Jhun­jhunu and two more will be lodged in Dholpur, where the pro­test­ers burnt a po­lice ve­hi­cle and set a po­lice post on fire.

As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, au­thor­i­ties have im­posed Sec­tion 144 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code (CRPC) that pro­hibits as­sem­bly of more than four people in an area in Dholpur and neigh­bour­ing Ka­rauli.

Dholpur po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Ajay Singh said the pro­test­ers blocked the Agra-morena high­way in Sawai Mad­hopur and threw stones at po­lice­men sta­tioned there. “The po­lice fired tear gas shells to dis­perse the mob,” he said.

Singh said the pro­test­ers then en­tered the houses on both sides of the high­way and fired us­ing coun­try­made pis­tols. “The sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­trol and around four to six po­lice per­son­nel re­ceived in­juries…”

Gu­j­jar Arak­shan Sang­harsh Samiti (GASS), which is lead­ing the ag­i­ta­tion for the reser­va­tion, has threat­ened to in­ten­sify it from Mon­day. Kirori Lal Bain­sala, the GASS chief, said the protests will take place at more ar­eas af­ter an aus­pi­cious time for wed­dings ends on Sun­day. He con­tin­ued to sit on rail­way tracks near Mal­rana Dun­gar rail­way sta­tion in Sawai Mad­hopur along with his sup­port­ers.

Lather said ad­e­quate ar­range­ments have been made to main­tain

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