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Cases against Gujjars to be withdrawn

jaipur Updated: Nov 10, 2007 16:46 IST

The Rajasthan government has decided to withdraw all cases filed against Gujjars during their agitation in May-June demanding tribal status.

"The government announced the step at a meeting in Jaipur on Friday between senior Gujjar leaders and government representatives," Manju Gujjar, a Gujjar leader told IANS here Saturday.

She said over 42 different cases were pending against 260 people in various parts of the state.

Most of them were registered in Dausa, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur districts where the agitation had turned violent.

"This was one of our demands when we courted arrest on October 2. We are happy the government has accepted it," Manju Gujjar said.

According to official sources, the government has also agreed to provide employment to one of the family members of those killed during the agitation and to provide suitable compensation to those injured.

Gujjars presently belong to the other backward classes (OBC) and held protests all over state from May 29 to June 4 demanding their inclusion in the scheduled tribe category that would give them better employment and educational opportunities.

Normal life was paralysed and at least 26 people were killed in the violence. Over 65,000 Gujjars had courted arrest on October 2 in support of their demand.