Rajasthan CM appeals for peace; warns law violators

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Jaipur, May 25 (UNI) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today appealed to the Gujjar community to maintain peace and beware of those who were indulging in politics over dead bodies.

Regretting Gujjar Reservation Committee Convener Col Kirodi Singh Bainsla's "one-sided and unreasonable" decision for reviving the Gujjar agitation over the ST status issue, Ms Raje warned Gujjar protesters against any breach of law and order.

Talking to reporters here, the Chief Minister said she was unable to comprehend what compelled Col Bainsla to opt for a fresh agitation when the Government was taking steps to safeguard the interests of the community in consultation with the action committee.

Moreover, Mr Bainsla chose to resume the agitation at a time when entire State was under shock due to serial blasts and fighting the battle against terrorism.

She said the Government had taken steps to grant Rs 282 crore development package and had also recommended interim reservation to them under Nomadic group so that the committee's demand of relief and employment to the victims of last year's agitation could be addressed.

Expressing sorrow over heavy casualties during the past two days in the agitation, the Chief Minister said the security personnel were forced to open fire in self-defence as planned attacks were made at the police and the police station.

Ms Raje said dacoits and criminals had intruded in the agitation and the Gujjar leadership seemed to be helpless.

She said, " I want to appeal to all, including Gujjars, to strengthen peace and play a proactive role in further development of the State." However, she warned that those who were breaching the law would not be spared and would be dealt with an iron hand.


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