Gujjars hold Mahapanchayat in Karuali on Jul 26

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Gujjar hold Mahapanchayat
Jaipur, Jul 26: The Gujjars on Sunday, Jul 26 began their Mahapanchayat (grand sit-in) at Rajasthan's Karuali district demanding for inclusion in the Schedule Tribe (ST) category.

Naveen Singh, ADG (law and order) said, "About 4,000 community members led by Kirori Singh Bainsla gathered at the Penchla-mod ground, about 10 km from Hindon city."

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He also said that there has been no report of any untoward incident till now adding, "Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC are in force since Saturday, Jul 25 in Karuali and adjoining districts of Sawaimadhopur, Dausa, Dholpur, Bharatpur and parts of Jaipur rural."

Earlier, Gujjar community launched agitation in May 2008 demanding inclusion in the ST category. The agitation was defused after the BJP government in power then passed a Bill clearing 5 pc reservation for them in a special category. But the Bill has so far not been signed by governor S K Singh.

The BJP on Friday, Jul 25 walked out of the Assembly and submitted a memorandum to the governor, demanding the Bill be cleared. With Bainsla having joined BJP now, and his party taking up the issue, the Gujjar agitation could well turn serious again.

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