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1700 Gurjars court arrest in Kota

jaipur Updated: Oct 02, 2007 14:35 IST

At least 1,700 Gurjars demanding Schedule Tribe status for their community on Tuesday courted arrest in Kota district, police said.

Thousands of Gurjars took to the streets at Jaipur, Rajsamand, Pali, Kota, Jhalawar, Bharatpur, Dausa, Karauli, Tonk and Sawaimadhipur districts, they said.

"So far, no one was lodged in any jail as those arrested were being sent through a legal procedure," Inspection General of Police JK Sharma said.

No untoward incident has been reported so far, he added.

About five lakh Gurjars would court arrest as part of their agitation programme.

The Rajasthan government has created 259 temporary jails in schools, colleges, and play grounds to lodge the agitators. The state government has also made arrangements for their food and lodging, if they do not seek bail.

Twenty-two places in 14 affected districts have been turned into cantonment with deployment of CRPF, Rapid Action Force, BSF, and Rajasthan Armed Constabulary.