Gujjars on way to PM house detained; train traffic disrupted in NCR

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New Delhi, May 26 (UNI) Members of the Gujjar community, who held a demonstration here this morning against police firing in Rajasthan, were detained when they tried to march towards the Prime Minister's residence.

During their demonstration at Jantar Mantar today, members of the community blamed the Vasundhara Raje government and the Centre for the latest spate of violence in Rajasthan.

Later, they tried to march towards the Prime Minister's residence at Race Course road, but were detained by the police.

Several trains passing through Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh were stopped by agitators. The trains effected by the agitation included a Rajdhani Express and the Chandigarh Express. At least eight passenger trains were also stopped by the agitators at Dadri.

Some agitators gathered at Delhi-Noida-Delhi expressway and burnt Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasunsdhra Raje Scindia in effigy.

Yesterday, thousands of Gujjars had gathered near Noida and demanded resignation from the Rajasthan Chief Minister and blocked the railway track of Maripart Railway station to protest the police firing.

The agitation has left scores of tourists stranded in Agra as buses and trains plying on the Agra-Jaipur route were cancelled following the incidents of violence. About 100 buses enroute from Agra to Jaipur had been cancelled.

Rail services also remained paralysed for the third day as trains were run on diverted routes and some remained suspended.

With lawyers in Gautam Buddha Nagar joining the Gujjar agitation, Dr Rajesh Talwar, accused of killing his daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, could not move his bail application in a local court.

The Noida police also could not move its plea in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) A K Singh seeking seven days' police remand of Dr Talwar.

''We support the Gujjar community in its fight for justice,'' said Gautam Buddha Nagar bar association president M R Verma.

Dr Talwar is lodged in Dasna jail of neighbouring Ghaziabad district.

On Friday last, Noida police had arrested city's noted dentist and the father of a teenaged Delhi Public School student after eight days of investigations into the May 15 twin murders.

Addressing a 'shradhanjali sabha' (homage meeting) here, Gujjar leaders lamented that while the community had made several sacrifices for the country, their demand for inclusion as ST community was being met by bullets. ''We have shown our patriotism as Jammu and Kashmir the Kashmiri Gujjars have been taking on the militants,'' they said.

The Gujjar leaders claimed that till the time the community was included in the ST list, they would continue with the agitation.

''We are ready for more sacrifices but we will not withdraw,'' they said.

The speakers at the demonstration charged the Centre with failing to impose President's rule in Rajasthan despite continous ''state-sponsored violence'' against Gujjars.

''Home minister Shivraj Patil has not listened to our demands and is protecting the Rajasthan government,'' they alleged.


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