‘2007 stir videos be­ing used to whip up frenzy’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

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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.

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