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