UP Gujjars seek Central intervention into reservation issue

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Lucknow, May 27 (UNI) The Gujjar community in Uttar Pradesh today sought Central intervention into the reservation demands of the community and alleged police atrocities over the Gujjar agitators in Rajasthan, who were protesting since May 23 for ST status.

All India Gujjar Committee today handed over a memorandum to UP Governor T V Rajeswar.

The committee representatives in the memorandum have asked the UPA government to accept genuine demands of the agitators and provide ex-gratia of Rs 10,000 each to the families of the deceased, who lost their lives in police firing on Friday.

Besides, one family member should be given a government job and Rs two lakh compensation to the injured.

Charging the Rajasthan government of commiting atrocities on the peaceful agitators, they said the Vasundhara Raje government had promised ST reservation to the Gujjar community, but did not fulfill it even after completing four-years in the state.

''Our demands were genuine and we demonstrated in a peaceful manner, however, the Raje government maligned our image by resorting to police firing and terming our protest 'violent','' they maintained.

So far, over 30 persons had been killed during the agitation that was continuing in Rajasthan since May 23 affecting several rail and bus routes.


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