Gu­j­jar stir turns vi­o­lent, shots fired

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

THE Gu­j­jar ag­i­ta­tion, de­mand­ing five per cent quota in jobs and ed­u­ca­tion, turned vi­o­lent on Sun­day when shots were fired and po­lice ve­hi­cles torched in Dholpur dis­trict and pro­test­ers blocked road and rail traf­fic in many parts of Ra­jasthan. As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, au­thor­i­ties have im­posed pro­hibitory or­ders un­der CrPc sec­tion 144 in Dholpur and neigh­bour­ing Ka­rauli dis­tricts, the 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. On Day 3, the Gu­j­jars blocked the Agra-Mum­bai Na­tional High­way in Dholpur cre­at­ing huge traf­fic jams. Ad­di­tional Dis­trict Col­lec­tor and Ad­di­tional Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice reached the spot but when the po­lice tried to move the pro­tes­tors, they threw stones at them. The po­lice had to fire tear gas to clear the high­way. There were also re­ports that three cars were set on fire. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Dis­trict Col­lec­tor Neha Giri reached the spot and the po­lice were able to con­trol the chaos. There are re­ports that six po­lice­men were in­jured in the melee. CM Ashok Gehlot ap­pealed to the Gu­j­jars to main­tain peace. “Anti-so­cial el­e­ments have joined the protest. Gu­j­jar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla has ap­pealed to main­tain peace so peo­ple should lis­ten to him,” he said. The Gu­j­jar reser­va­tion com­mit­tee said that the po­lice pro­voked the pro­tes­tors. “Small in­ci­dents keep hap­pen­ing, but we will protest peace­fully,” Bainsla added.

Hold­ing protest is jus­ti­fied but sit­ting on rail­way tracks is not. Pro­test­ers should come for­ward for talks. The govt is open to di­a­logue

Ashok Gehlot , Ra­jasthan CM

PTI

Gu­j­jars hold a dharna de­mand­ing reser­va­tion in Sawai Mad­hopur |

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