Gujjars intensify stir, block National Highway at Dausa
Jaipur, May 24: Intensifying their agitation for the fourth consecutive day, Gujjars today blocked National Highway 11 at Dausa and a state highway in Sawaimadhopur district to build up pressure on the government to provide a concrete proposal for granting them five per cent reservation in government jobs.
The people of the community blocked the Agra-Jaipur highway at Sikandara in Dausa and Sawaimadhopur-Sheopur state highway in Khandar area of Sawaimadhopur district where the Gujjars are squatting.
Traffic on both the highways has been diverted to other roads and police force has been deployed around the area to maintain law and order, police said.
"Several hundred people blocked the highway at Sikandara this morning while the Sawaimadhopur-Sheopur state highway is also blocked since last night," they said.
"We are intensifying the agitation after the government failed to offer any concrete plan to provide the community five per cent reservation under the legal limit of 50 per cent.
"Similar agitations would also be launched in other parts of the state if the government does not fulfil our demand," Himmat Singh, spokesperson of the Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti told PTI.
He said that yesterday's meeting with three ministers of the government in Bharatpur's Bayana ended inconclusively and there was no fresh proposal from the government so far.
The agitation was launched on Delhi-Mumbai rail tracks in Pilukapura area in Bharatpur on Thursday, which has affected many trains.
Several trains have been cancelled, partially cancelled while others were diverted causing inconvenience to the passengers.