Gujjar Agitation peaceful, Sachin Pilot, 7 MLAs court arrest

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Jaipur, Oct 2 (UNI) Congress MP Sachin Pilot and seven MLAs were among thousands of people who courted arrest as part of the Gujjars 'Jail Bharo' agitation which began here today demanding their inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) list in Rajasthan.

However, no untoward incident was reported anywhere in the desert state.

Gujjar Arakshan Sangarah Samiti, which has been spearheading a campaign for Gujjars' inclusion in the ST list, has given a call for an indefinite 'Jail Bharo' agitation which began today in the seven divisional headquarters of the state.

State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said no untoward incident was reported during the agitation and it was held in a peaceful manner. He said exact number of arrests would be available only after compiling the data from all divisions. However, Gujjar Arakshan Sangarsh Samiti Convenor Col Kirori Singh Bainsla claimed that about five lakh Gujjars had courted arrest in the agitation today.

Mr Pilot, and BJP MLAs Hargyan Singh Gujjar, Nathu Singh Gujjar and BJP controlled Jaipur Zilla Pramukh Ram Gopal Guard were among those who courted arrest at Muhana Mandi in Jaipur.

In Kota, expelled BJP MLA Prahlad Gunjal led the agitation and courted arrest along with thousands of Gujjars while BJP MLA Dattaram Gujjar courted arrest in Khethdi in Jhunjhunu district.

Col Bainsla, Dr Roop Singh and suspended BJP MLA Attar Singh Badana were also among thousands of Gujjars who got themselves arrested in Bharatpur.

In Ajmer, Congress MLA Govind Singh Gujjar, Lok Jan Shakti MLA Ranveer Singh Gudda led the agitation. A large number of Gujjars along with Karani Sena activists also joined the mass arrest programme.

The Gujjar Arakshan Sangarsh Samiti has threatened that if the Rajasthan government did not take action on their seven-point, agenda, they would continue to remain in Jails and from October 10, women and children would also start courting arrest.

The seven-point agenda includes the state government forwarding a letter of recommendation to the Centre favouring Gujjars' inclusion in the ST list, government job to one member of the family killed in police firing, withdrawal of cases against the Gujjars during the agitation in May-June and releasing the Gujjars imprisoned in jails among others.

The government has set up 259 makeshift jails and depolyed 100 companies of para military forces to maintain law and order during the protests.


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