HC no to quota, Gujjars revolt
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Peelupura, December 22, 2010
First Published: 13:30 IST(22/12/2010)
The Gujjars intensified their agitation on Wednesday by blocking roads
and railway tracks across Rajasthan after the state's high court
rejected a petition seeking 5% reservation in government jobs for the
community. The community also announced it would stop supply of milk
to Delhi from
Railway services on the Delhi-Mumbai route continued to be affected
for the third day on Wednesday as more than 24 passenger trains were
diverted and six others were cancelled, said Sudhir Chandra Kumar,
senior divisional commercial manager of the Kota railway division.
The home ministry dispatched 1,500 personnel from the Border Security
Force and the Central Reserve Police Force to assist the state
government in maintaining law and order.
Expressing unhappiness over the court verdict, Gujjar leader Col
(retd) Kirori Singh Bainsala urged protesters to block roads and
railway tracks and disrupt exams and job recruitments across the
"Gujjars will stop supply of milk form Thursday," Bainsala said at
Peelupura in Bharatpur district, 120 km from Jaipur, where protesters
continued to lay siege to the railway tracks.
The community will continue the agitation if the government fails to
provide a quota for Gujjars, he said.
The agitators have also blocked the Bayana-Hindon and Hindon-Bharatpur
roads, forcing the government to cancel some of its bus services on
In Ajmer, protesters blocked the national highway and announced a
24-hour Ajmer bandh.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot appealed to the Gujjars to stop agitating.
"The government will examine the court order and a find a way out," he
Earlier in the day, the Rajasthan high court ruled that a 5% "special"
reservation could not be granted as the government failed to justify
the basis on which the community should be provided such a
It, however, said the state could continue to provide 1% reservation -
within the 50% quota - for Gujjars in government jobs.
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