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Gujjar Strike Turns Violent As Rajasthan Police Opens Fire On The Agitators

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| February 10 , 2019 , 17:39 IST

Gujjar community's strike over 5 per cent reservation in government jobs and education in Rajasthan turned violent on Sunday as the Rajasthan police opened fire on the agitators to stop them from blocking a highway connecting Dholpur to Gwalior.

The police, however, were unsuccessful in their attempt to stop the agitators from blocking the road.

Gujjar Agitators burnt vehicles and pelted stones at police in Dholpur district.

The action has not caused any death, the police said. Two police vehicles have been torched by the protesters, they added.

The leader of the community, Kirori Singh Bainsla, started a sit-in protest on Friday along with his supporters on the railway tracks in Rajasthan's Sawai Madhopur district, demanding reservation for five communities including Gujjars.

He said the state government had promised five per cent reservation to the community in its election manifesto.

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Vijay Bainsla, another Gujjar leader, said they have been waiting for talks with the government since the last 20 days on their demand. He said agitators blocked Jaipur-Delhi, Jodhpur-Bhilwara, Ajmer-Bhilwara highway on Saturday.

Yesterday, train movement was affected due to the dharna at Malarna Doongar tehsil - around 125 km southeast of Jaipur.

Seven trains were diverted in the Sawai Madhopur-Bayana section in Kota division, said Abhay Sharma, chief public relations officer of the North Western railway.