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Gujjars threaten to block food supply to Capital

The Gujjar leaders say they will not allow supply of essential commodities to reach Delhi if the Vasundhara Raje Govt fails to keep its commitment of recommending ST status for Gujjar community.

india Updated: May 27, 2008 01:57 IST

Intensifying their protest against the Rajasthan government Gujjars on Monday have decided to block traffic at all major highways and roads on May 29. In a meeting held at Gurgaon, the Gujjar leaders said they will not allow supply of vegetables, fruits, eggs, milk and other essential commodities to reach Delhi if the Vasundhara Raje government failed to keep its commitment of recommending ST status for Gujjar community in Rajasthan.

Wholesale traders dealing in agricultural products said the prices of essential commodities may spiral up if the Gujjar protest continued for long.

Public transport affected

Northern Railways cancelled nine trains from Delhi, which pass through violence-affected areas of Rajasthan, while diverting six more trains on different routes. Cancelled trains included Mumbai-bound August Kranti Express, Nimach Link Express, Golden Temple Mail, Maharastra Sampark Kranti Express and Janta Express, Ahmedabad bound Gujarat Sampark Kranti Express and Indore bound Intercity Express.

Protest at Akshardham

Protesters on Monday converged at Akshardham temple to protest against the BJP-led government in Rajasthan. The protestors, in hundreds, raised slogans and blocked traffic movement near the temple. Thousands of Gujjars collected at Jantar Mantar and staged protests. The leaders of All India Gujjar Sangharsh Samiti also said they will very soon go to Rajasthan to help the community there.

Violent demonstrations

Gujjars turned violent and burnt tyres and disrupted traffic on Gurgaon-Faridabad Road on Monday morning. Gurgaon police prevented vehicles from plying on Gurgaon-Faridabad road for some time fearing attack from Gujjars. Police also detained four Gujjar youths as precautionary measure and released them later.

Lawyers support stir

Not only the lawyers at Noida court struck work, they forced journalists, especially crews of various television channels which had come to cover the Aarushi Talwar murder case, out of the court. “Instead of covering the Talwar case, the media should cover Gujjar agitation and help their cause. We have struck work in support of the Gujjars of Rajasthan,” said Ramsharan Nagar, an advocate.

PAC disperses protestors

Around 2,000 protestors gathered at Loni Railway station at around 8.00 am and stopped Shamli-Delhi passenger train. They were dispersed only after the intervention of local police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC). Student leaders of Lajpat Rail College in Sahibabad blocked GT Road causing long traffic jam.