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Agitation for reservation: Gurjars now threaten to block national highways connecting Jaipur with other cities

The situation is getting worse with each passing day. Gurjar committee members has been staging protest on railway tracks. On Sunday night, they set on the railway tracks near Malarana Dungar.

February 11, 2019, 11:26 am

Gurjar agitation in Dholpur

Gurjar Agitation in Dholpur on Sunday.

Jaipur: The Gurjar agitation for reservation in the state continued for the fourth day on Monday. In a fresh threat, the community leaders on Monday said that the agitators would start blocking the highways connecting Jaipur to other cities, if the government did not agree to their demands by noon on February 11. Gurjar Aarakshan Sangarsh Committee leader Kirori Singh Bainsla made this announcement. Also, the roads connecting Sawai Madhopur to Sheopur and Sawai to Tonk will be jammed. The proposal to Sawai Madhopur’s collector Dr. SP Singh was presented for the face to face discussion but he declined, added Bainsla. The situation is getting worse with each passing day. Gurjar committee members has been staging protest on railway tracks. On Sunday night, they set on the railway tracks near Malarana Dungar. The Muslim and Meena community of that area is in their support too. In Dholpur, Karauli and Bharatpur districts, the community members torched three vehicles following which police restored to lathi charge and fired tear gas. The Railways diverted 26 trains and canceled over 12 trains on the route due to the ongoing Gurjar agitation. The Gurjar community is demanding five percent reservation in government jobs. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot appealed the community members to maintain peace during their agitation as promised by leader Bainsla before the protest. Gehlot said that the government is open for discussion.  

First published: February 11, 2019