Gu­j­jar quota stir turns vi­o­lent, 4 cops in­jured

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NEWS NET­WORK

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

As many as 26 trains were di­verted and 12 oth­ers 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) ML Lather told TOI that sit­u­a­tion in Dholpur was quickly brought un­der con­trol by the lo­cal po­lice but at least four cops sus­tained in­juries due to stone pelt­ing by ag­i­ta­tors. “Some peo­ple had tried to block the traf­fic on Cham­bal Bridge in Dholpur. When the protesters be­gan to mis­be­have with pas­sen­gers in cars and buses, po­lice had to in­ter­vene. When the protesters started hurl­ing stones at cops, Dholpur po­lice re­sorted to fir­ing tear­gas shells. We have filed three FIRs. Two more cases will be filed as pub­lic prop­erty and po­lice ve­hi­cles have been dam­aged,” he said, adding that old videos from the 2007 Gu­j­jar ag­i­ta­tion were be­ing made vi­ral to whip up pas­sions.

CM 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,” he told re­porters.

Clashes in Dholpur sent nearby Ka­rauli and Bharat­pur dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tions into a tizzy. “We have de­cided to im­pose Sec­tion 144 for the en­tire Ka­rauli dis­trict,” said dis­trict col­lec­tor Nanu Mal Pah­dia.

Mean­while, the Ka­rauli ad­min­is­tra­tion pasted a no­tice on the house of Kirori Singh Bainsla for vi­o­la­tion of court orders. A meet­ing was called by ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary (home). “We have told SPs where Gu­j­jars de­cide to sit on roads, they must find al­ter­na­tive routes to di­vert traf­fic,” an of­fi­cial said.

A po­lice van was among sev­eral ve­hi­cles set on fire in Ra­jasthan

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