Bodies of Gujjar agitation victims cremated

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Panipat, May 30 (UNI) Amid deployment of heavy police force in Patti-Kaliana area on GT road near Samalkha, where two people were killed in the wake of Gujjar agitation yesterday, the situation continued to be tense but peaceful.

Bodies of the victims, Pappan and Kuldeep, were cremated in the tense atmosphere in their village Patti-Kaliana after postmortem conducted by a team of three doctors from the PGIMS Rohtak in civil hospital here today.

Besides the police personnel from five other districts, two battalions each of CRPF and CISF have reportedly been deployed on the G T road and other points including Railway Stations of Samalkha and Bhodwal Majri.

According to police, seriously injured police Inspector Ratan Singh has been shifted to PGIMS Rohtak and other injured police personnel were being treated here in civil as well as private hospital.

Earlier, a number of Gujjars including leaders from different political parties had assembled in the civil hospital to collect the bodies of the victims.

When the agitating Gujjars refused to accept the postmortem done by the doctors of the civil hospital, a team of doctors from PGIMS Rohtak reached here today to conduct the postmortem.

The Gujjar leaders also rejected the government announcement for inquiry by the Commissioner of Rohtak division and demanded registration of a case under section 302 against those police personnel who had fired at the victims.

They also demanded withdrawal of cases registered against the Gujjars in Samalkha police station.

Police have registered case against about 900 people including former minister Katar Singh Chhokar, Secretary HPCC Anju Chhokar, under sections 307, 148, 149, 353, 332, 323, 186, 283,436 and 427 of IPC and various sections of the Arms Act in Samalkha police station.

However, no arrests have been made so far, the police said.

INLD supremo and former Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala today reached the village to condole the death of the victims. Speaking on the occasion, he condemned the incident and extended his party's support to the Gujjar agitation Meanwhile, reports were received from various places regarding the Gujjars staging sit-ins, road blockades and rallies. At Keorak in Kaithal districts agitators blocked NH 65 for about two hours.

The protestors raised slogans against the Rajasthan Chief minister Vasundra Raje and burnt her effigy to protest against the killing of Gujars in police firings at various places in Rajasthan.

At Karnal-Kaithal road, near Kakot village, protestors cut some trees and obstructed the traffic and raised slogans against Rajasthan chief minister.

However, there was no report of any untoward incident during such agitations, official sources said.

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