Atleast 16 killed in Gujjar protest in Rajasthan

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Jaipur/New Delhi, May 24: More trouble was in store for the Vasundhara Raje government after the serial blasts in Jaipur when at least sixteen people, including a policeman, were killed and several others injured in police firing and violence in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district yesterday during an agitation staged by Gujjars seeking ST status for the community.

However, state Congress General Secretary Ashk Ali Tak later tonight released a separate list of casualties on behalf of the Pradesh Congress Committee, putting the total number of deaths at 19, including those of three police personnel. Meanwhile, the Army has been called in to assist the civil administration, an official spokesman told the sources in Jaipur tonight.

Ten columns of the Army were being sent in the sensitive areas to assist the authorities in dealing with the situation. Besides, two additional companies of the Rapid Action force and two companies of Central Reserve Police Force have also been sent in the troubled areas, the spokesman said.

Besides, the state government has decided to set up judicial inquiry into today's incidents and entrusted the inquiry to Justice (Retd) F C Bansal.


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