Gujjar agitation: Internet services suspended in 102 villages in Bharatpur

Hardik Patel prohibited from entering Bharatpur district borders. Section 144 of CrPC banning gathering of five or more people imposed.

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May 17, 2018, 9:33 pm

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Jaipur: The Rajasthan administration slapped section 144 of CrPC in Bharatpur district and banned internet services in 102 villages in the district in the wake of the proposed agitation by Gujjar community in support of their demand for reservation in government jobs. Gujjars have threatened to launch the agitation and announced to organize a mahapadao (mass meeting) at Adda village in Bayana area of Bharatpur district on May 15.

The administration has suspended internet services in these villages under the jurisdiction of five police stations in the district till 4 pm on May 13. The ban may be extended if needed, an administration officer said.

Security forces are being deputed in the area.

The administration has also imposed section 144 of CrPC banning gathering of five or more people in the district. Gujarat-based young leader Hardik Patel has also been prohibited from participating in the mahapadao. The police would take him into custody the moment he entered the district borders.

Gujjars have been agitating in support of their demand for reservation for the past 11 years. Nearly 72 people have been killed while properties wroth crores of rupees have been damaged in the violent agitations.

The first agitation took place in May-June, 2007. It was the most violent agitation. A total of 38 people lost their lives.

First published: May 13, 2018
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