Gujjars yet to turn up in Jaipur for talks, insist on preconditions

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Jaipur, June 11 : Gujjar protestors who were scheduled to meet Rajasthan Government representatives in Jaipur today are insisting that their pre-conditions should be implemented before the talks.

The Gujjars want those arrested to be released before the talks could commence, while the State Government has been saying that judicial procedures would take some time and meanwhile the talks could commence.

Meanwhile, Gujjar protestors continued their agitation on the 20 day by erecting some 25 new tents in Karwadi. Tents were pitched on the railway track passing through Karwadi-Pilupura area.

Vice Chairman of Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti Capt (retd) Hari Prasad said the agitation would last till the community was given Scheduled Tribe status.

Bainsla on Tuesday had conveyed his readiness to hold the second round of talks in Jaipur.

On Tuesday, the Rajasthan Government had asked Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla to send a delegation to Jaipur after he set conditions for initiating second round of talks.

In a letter to the Gujjar leader, the Government assured that all demands made by Bainsla would be discussed to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution.

Earlier, Bainsla had gone back on the written commitment given in Bayana during the first round of talks on Monday and demanded release of arrested women activists and withdrawal of murder charges against 20 protestors as a pre-condition for talks.

The agitating Gujjars and the representatives of the Rajasthan Government held the initial round of talks in Bayana on Monday evening.

State Minister Sabarmal Jat and Lakshmi Narayan Dave conducted negotiations with Gujjar leader Ramvir Singh Vidhuri who represented a 37-member Gujjar delegation at a school here.

It was announced at a joint press conference that community leaders had called off a countrywide shutdown on Tuesday.

During the talks, the Gujjars demanded withdrawal of all cases by the State Government against agitators, compensation of Rs ten lakh, each for dead and a government job for one person for a deceased's family, compensation of Rs two lakh for the injured and registration of cases against the policemen who fired on protestors.

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