Shots fired, vans torched as Gu­j­jar stir turns vi­o­lent

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Jaipur/ New Delhi, Feb. 10: The Gu­j­jar com­mu­nity’s ag­i­ta­tion for de­mand­ing five per cent quota in jobs and ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in Ra­jasthan turned vi­o­lent on Sun­day with pro­test­ers fir­ing gun shots and torch­ing po­lice ve­hi­cles in Dholpur dis­trict and block­ing road and rail traf­fic in many ar­eas. At least 20 trains were can­celled and seven di­verted dur­ing the day as the Gu­j­jar Arak­shan Sang­harsh Samiti con­tin­ued its sit- in on tracks that be­gan on Fri­day.

Vi­o­lence broke out in Dholpur dis­trict as uniden­ti­fied mis­cre­ants fired 8- 10 rounds in the air dur­ing a block­ade on the Agra- Morena road, the po­lice said.

The pro­test­ers set afire two po­lice jeeps and a bus and pelted stones, forc­ing the po­lice to lob tear gas shells to dis­perse the crowd. Three cases have been reg­is­tered, the po­lice added.

Jaipur/ New Delhi, Feb. 10: 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.

The Ra­jasthan govern­ment Sun­day pasted a no­tice at the res­i­dence of Gu­j­jar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, who is lead­ing a protest by the com­mu­nity that turned vi­o­lent in some ar­eas and saw rail and road traf­fic be­ing dis­rupted, warn­ing him against vi­o­la­tion of court di­rec­tives on ag­i­ta­tion.

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, su­per­in­ten- dent of po­lice 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 cops. As traf­fic move­ment came to a halt, ve­hi­cles were di­verted to other routes.

◗ Po­lice ve­hi­cles were torched, trains were dis­rupted and high­ways were blocked as the pro­test­ers led by the Kirori Singh Bainsla con­tin­ued their sit- in on rail­way tracks.

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