Gujjar stir: Bodies removed from dharna site

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{image-gujjar agitation_03062008.jpg}Jaipur, Jun 3: Most of the bodies of the victims of police firing, which were lying at the dharna site in Pillukapura since the onset of the Gujjar stir for ST status on May 23, were removed even as protesters blocked traffic on the Jaipur-Delhi, Jaipur-Agra and Alwar-Mathura rail routes for the second successive day today. The corpses of 13 of the 16 firing victims were handed over to their next of kin after autopsy last night. The families have taken away the bodies for cremation, said Rajasthan Water Resources Secretary SN Thanvi, who has been camping in Bayana since the past 12 days.

The Gujjar leaders, who have been staging a dharna at Pillukapura-Karwadi near Bayana since May 23, wanted to perform mass cremation of the deceased at the dharna site. However, due to lack of consensus among community leaders, the families of the victims preferred to take way the bodies for cremation. Three corpses of victims who hailed from Karwadi and nearby villages were still there even as the dharna continued for the 12th day.

The post-mortem on 19 victims, which began at the 'dharna' site in Sikandara yesterday, was being completed today. Autopsies on the bodies of two Gujjars who had died in police firing in Kushalipura in Sawai Madhopur on Friday last, were also being conducted at Kushalipura. The blockade and 'dharna' at the Arnia Railway station in Dausa district being staged by Gujjar women since Sunday night continued today with protestors blocking the Jaipur-Delhi and the Jaipur-Agra rail routes.

Groups of armed Gujjar youths blocked the Alwar-Mathura line at Brij Nagar railway station in Bharatpur yesterday. The busy Delhi Mumbai route via Bayana, Sawai Madhopur and Kota has also been closed since May 23 due the ongoing dharna on on the rail tracks at Pillukapura-Karwadi.


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