4 trains cancelled, 14 diverted as Gujjar dharna enters 2nd day

Jaipur, February 9

Four trains were cancelled while 14 were diverted as members of the Gujjar community led by Kirori Singh Bainsla continued to block railway tracks on the second day of their agitation on Saturday.

The protesters are demanding 5 per cent reservation for Gujjars, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria communities in government jobs and educational institutions.

Train movement was affected due to the ongoing agitation, with four trains being diverted and 14 cancelled in the Sawai Madhopur-Bayana and Nimoda-Malarna sections in the Kota division of the Western Central Railway, an official said.

Additional police forces have been deployed in Bharatpur police range—under which Sawai Madhopur falls—to tackle any law-and-order situation. “Seventeen RAC (Rajasthan Armed Constabulary) companies, including a special task force, have been deployed in the range,” Bhupendra Sahu, inspector general of Bharatpur Range, said on Friday.

 “Senior police officers, who have experience of working in the area, have been assigned duties. The situation is completely under control,” Sahu added.

Congress sources said a committee, comprising Health Minister Raghu Sharma, Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh, Social Justice Minister Master Bhanwar Lal and senior government officials, had been constituted to hold talks with the agitators.

Bainsla had last month gave a 20-day ultimatum to the state government to clear its stand on over the reservation demand, failing which he threatened of reviving the quota agitation.

As the deadline lapsed on Friday, Bainsla held a ‘maha panchayat’ at Malarna Doongar and started the sit-in.

Currently, the five communities are getting 1 per cent separate reservation under the most-backward category in addition to the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota. 

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