Srinagar, Jun 16: At least 40 Gujjars protesting in a procession in support of their demand for the ST status, were arrested after they refused to disperse at historic Lal Chowk here today.
The procession started from Partap Park here this afternoon. As they reached Lal Chowk, police swung into action and stopped them.
But, when they refused to disperse, the police resorted to baton-charge. Later, about 40 processionists were taken into custody and lodged in Maisuma police station here.
The Gujjars, among other things, are demanding reservation in both the Houses of state legislature, raising of Gujjar regiment in the Indian Army, allotment of land to rehabilitate nomadic Gujjars, including of Gojri in 8th schedule of the Indian constitution, increase of seats for them in professional colleges and suitable market facilities for livestock and milk productions.
The Gujjars also supported the demands of Rajasthan Gujjars.
A spokesman of the Akhil Bharatiya Gujjar Maha Sabha, Jammu and Kashmir wing said Gujjars from Kulgam, Anantnag, Uri, Baramulla and Kupwara were prevented by the authorities to participate in the procession.