‘2007 stir videos being used to whip up frenzy’
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We have filed three FIRs in the case. Two more cases will be filed as public property and police vehicles have been damaged,” DGP (law and order) Lather said, adding that old videos from the 2007 Gujjar agitation were being forced to go viral to whip up passions.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot claimed that some miscreants had got involved in the clashes. “Bainsla ji (agitation leader Kirori Singh Bainsla) had appealed for peace and people should listen to his message. The doors for dialogue are open from our side,” the CM told reporters when asked about the Dholpur incident.
Clashes in Dholpur sent nearby Karauli and Bharatpur district administrations into a tizzy. “We have decided to impose Section 144 in Karauli district,” said district collector Nanu Mal Pahdia. Sources told TOI that Karauli has the highest Gujjar population and preventive measures have been imposed to avert a further flare-up.
Meanwhile, the Karauli administration pasted a notice on the house of Kirori Singh Bainsla for violation of court orders, warning against vandalism. A meeting was called by the additional chief secretary (home), attended by the DGP, ADGP (intelligence) and DGP (law and Order) to assess the security situation across the state in view of highway jams and rail blockades. “We have categorically told SPs that in places where Gujjars decide to sit on the roads, one must find alternative routes to divert traffic,” an official said.
The Gujjars in Rajasthan have been demanding a dedicated 5% quota in government jobs and educational institutions under the most backward class (MBC) category. As of now, they are getting 1% MBC quota, apart from other backward class (OBC) reservation.