Gu­j­jar stir in Raj hits road and rail, 4 cops hurt in stone-pelt­ing

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

Jaipur/Al­war/Kota: The on­go­ing Gu­j­jar ag­i­ta­tion in Ra­jasthan for reser­va­tion took a vi­o­lent turn on its third day when protesters, armed with sticks, clashed with cops on Sun­day, prompt­ing the state to im­pose pro­hibitory orders in Dholpur, Ka­rauli and Bharat­pur. Vi­o­lence was wide­spread mainly in Dholpur.

As many as 26 trains were di­verted and 12 oth­ers were can­celled due to protests on tracks. The protesters also blocked road traf­fic at Gudla in Ka­rauli, Asind in Bhilwara, Nainwa in Bundi and on the Jaipur high­way in Ajmer. An in­tel­li­gence alert has been is­sued for Dausa dis­trict too.

DGP (law and or­der) M L Lather told TOI the sit­u­a­tion in Dholpur was quickly brought un­der con­trol by lo­cal cops, but at least four of them were in­jured when ag­i­ta­tors pelted stones. “Some peo­ple had tried to block the traf­fic on Cham­bal Bridge in Dholpur. Po­lice had to in­ter­vene when protesters be­gan to mis­be­have with pas­sen­gers in cars and buses. Cops fired tear­gas shells af­ter the protesters started hurl­ing stones at them,” Lather said. New Delhi/Kochi: Even as CPM and Congress edge closer to a ‘tac­ti­cal al­liance’ in Ben­gal, the Left party’s Ker­ala unit sprang a big­ger sur­prise, ton­ing down its crit­i­cism of the Congress at its polit­buro meet­ing last week.

Though party man­agers ruled out a tie-up with Congress in Ker­ala— CPM’s stated po­si­tion at its party congress in April 2018 — state sec­re­tary and polit­buro mem­ber Kodiy­eri Balakr­ish­nan’s state­ment sug­gested CPM was ready, at least un­til the 2019 LS polls, to sink dif­fer­ences with Congress and “take all tac­ti­cal steps to en­sure BJP is ousted”. Congress seemed to echo the sen­ti­ment, with Ker­ala PCC chief Mul­la­pally Ra­machan­dran say­ing on Sun­day an al­liance was pos­si­ble if CPM gave up its vi­o­lent politics.

A po­lice van was among sev­eral ve­hi­cles set on fire in the state

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