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Gujjar agitation over quota continues in Rajasthan

Gujjar agitation over quota continues in Rajasthan
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Jaipur: Members of the Gujjar community on Tuesday continued their protest to seek five percent reservation in government jobs under OBC category in Rajasthan's Sikandra and Dausa raeas. The Rajasthan on Monday cleared the Jaipur-Agra national highway of the protestors even as the rail track continued to be blocked amid a stand-off with the government over the community's demand for five percent reservation. The stir suffered a setback in Dausa district where locals challenged the agitators and helped police in clearing the NH-11, which was blocked yesterday, police said. Meanwhile, there was a deadlock over the venue of next round of talks between Gujjars and the government after one round held in Bayana ended in a failure. Gujjar leaders refused to meet the state government delegation in Jaipur, as was requested by the three-member ministerial committee that met them (the Gujjar leaders) in Bayana on Saturday. Kirori Singh Bainsla, convener of the Gujjar Arakshan Sangarsh Samiti, said: "Treason charges and negotiations cannot go together, so the government should decide what it wants." On the fifth day of the agitation Tuesday, Delhi-Mumbai rail tracks in Bharatpur and a state highway in Sawaimadhopur continued to be blocked causing inconvenience to travellers. Several trains have been cancelled or diverted. The sit-in by Gujjars in Pilu Ka Pura area of the district has affected the movement of at least 100 trains so far, including those on the Delhi-Mumbai section, officials said. Gujjars had staged violent protests earlier in 2006-2008, in which 67 people had lost their lives.

Updated : 26 May 2015 7:19 AM GMT
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