THE GURJARS have resolved to launch agitation against the recent massacre of five members of their community by bandit Gadaria gang. A well-attended protest public meeting (Aakrosh Sabha) of the community, held on Saturday near Phool Bagh grounds, resolved to take the fight to streets by staging demonstrations and gheraoing the State Assembly.
Agitated over the “apathy and insensitivity” of the State Government, the community leaders warned of taking the fight to New Delhi after a Mahasabha on December 17.
“We will wait till December 17, as the government has promised to eliminate Rambabu Gadaria by then, failing which, we would resort to our own methods to deal with the menace. We are not a coward community as being perceived by the State Government or the Gadaria community. We are observing restraint at the behest of our leaders, including “family head” Jyotiraditya Scindia”, they asserted.
The leaders recalled the sacrifices made by community during freedom struggle. Addressing the meeting as the chief guest, Scindia charged the State government with doing precious little for social security of minorities, including Gurjar. He condemned the killings and added that he would always stand by the community in times of crises.
Lambasting the BJP for “deteriorating” law and order situation, Scindia said the inefficient government must go. “How can you expect prosperity and development from a government which can not provide social security to its citizens?” he quizzed. Scindia recounted his meeting with PM Dr Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Delhi on this serious issue.
Many innocent lives were lost and marginalised farmers of the region were unable to carry out their agriculture business owing to dacoity menace. The egocentric attitude of BJP leaders was main stumbling block in seeking Central help which has repeatedly assured to provide helicopters for surveillance, paramilitary troops and other assistance, told Scindia.
He said it was not an occasion to talk politics but the “sensitivity” of this government could be judged from the fact that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan did not find time to console the bereaved families personally. He appealed the community to teach a lesson by uprooting this government at an appropriate time.
An emotionally charged national president of the Gurjar community, Avatar Singh Bhadana, maintained the community should observe restrain and not take law in its hands.
“However, tolerance does not mean that we are coward. We will wait till December 17 for the government to act and eliminate Gadaria. The fight is not against any particular community but against bloodshed and violent tendencies being unleashed by the gang”, he added. He declared that if the BJP government fails to meet December 17 deadline, “we will ask our youth brigade to proceed to jungles and kill Gadaria”.
Without naming any leader he pointed out that representative of the Gurjar community in Chouhan cabinet should feel ashamed of atrocities being committed on community members. Bhadana recalled Madhavrao Scindia and his support to the Gurjar community for socio-politico and economic uplift.
Earlier, addressing the protest rally, community leaders demanded stern action against negligent police officers, stopping misuse of section 11 and 13 by police, allotment of land to victims and arrest of four accused involved in Bhawarpura incident.
The programme was organised by Saheb Singh. Prominent among those present included Ramsewak Singh Gurjar (MP), Sardar Singh Dungas, Sabaran Singh Mawai, Rambaran Singh Gurjar, Kaptan Singh, Ramesh Agrawal, Keshav Singh, Rajendra Singh and Raghraj Kansana.