Gu­j­jar ag­i­ta­tion in Raj turns vi­o­lent

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JAIPUR/NEW DELHI: The Gu­j­jar com­mu­nity ag­i­ta­tion de­mand­ing five per cent quota in jobs and ed­u­ca­tion turned vi­o­lent Sun­day with shots be­ing fired and po­lice ve­hi­cles torched in Dholpur dis­trict and pro­test­ers block­ing road and rail traf­fic in many ar­eas in Ra­jasthan.

As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, au­thor­i­ties have im­posed pro­hibitory or­ders un­der Crpc sec­tion 144 in Dholpur and neigh­bour­ing Ka­rauli dis­tricts, po­lice said.

At least 20 trains were can­celled and seven di­verted dur­ing the day as the pro­test­ers, led by the Gu­j­jar Arak­shan Sang­harsh Samiti chief Kirori Singh Bainsla, con­tin­ued their sit-in on rail­way tracks in Sawai Mad­hopur dis­trict for the third day on Sun­day, of­fi­cials said.

The sit-in be­gan on Fri­day evening and has af­fected the move­ment of over 250 trains through the re­gion since.

The ag­i­ta­tors also blocked high­ways con­nect­ing ma­jor cities on Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice of­fi­cials, three cases have been reg­is­tered in con­nec­tion with the block­ing of traf­fic.

Vi­o­lence broke out in Dholpur dis­trict as uniden­ti­fied mis­cre­ants fired 8-10 rounds in the air while a block­ade on the Agra-morena High­way was in place, Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SP) Ajay Singh said.

The pro­test­ers set afire three po­lice ve­hi­cles - two jeeps and a bus, he added.

The SP said the pro­test­ers also pelted stones, in­jur­ing four per­son­nel, adding that po­lice had to lob tear gas shells to dis­perse the crowd.

The Hin­doli-uni­yara state high­way was blocked in Bundi dis­trict, where hun­dreds of peo­ple demon­strated through­out the day.

As traf­fic move­ment came to a halt, ve­hi­cles were di­verted to other routes. The demon­stra­tors, how­ever, al­lowed the pas­sage of am­bu­lances and ve­hi­cles with pa­tients or preg­nant woman.

Chief Min­is­ter Ashok Gehlot called the stone pelt­ing and the torch­ing of ve­hi­cles un­jus­ti­fied. “Hold­ing protest is jus­ti­fied but sit­ting on rail­way tracks is not. Pro­test­ers should come for­ward for talks. The govern­ment is open for di­a­logue and has con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee,” he said.

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