In the wake of clashes between agitating Gujjars and police in Rajasthan, an organisation of the community in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday sought intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to sort out the matter.
In a faxed communication to the Prime Minister and UPA chairperson, national secretary of Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF) Javaid Rahi asked the two leaders to intervene in the matter.
TRCF expresses deep shock over the approach of Rajasthan law enforcing agencies in dealing with the situation arising out of police atrocities which has resulted in enormous loss of lives, Rahi said.
"We would go to any extent to provide moral and ethical support to Gujjars of Rajasthan who are fighting for their tribal identity and legitimate rights for grant of ST status," he added.
If the state of Rajasthan failed to redress the grievances of this community, the Gujjars from Jammu and Kashmir would march in large numbers to that state, Rahi said.
The foundation also appealed to the Gujjars of all northern states to conduct peaceful agitation, rallies and demonstrations if the government failed to give the letter of recommendation to provide ST status, he said.
The government should act before it is too late as the agitation could take a dangerous turn, Rahi warned.
The governments of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh have rightly accepted the genuine demands of Gujjars decades ago but the Gujjars of Rajasthan have been deprived of this fundamental right, he claimed.