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Gujjars fleeing villages, say community leaders

jaipur Updated: Jun 10, 2007 07:02 IST
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Raj Khan was in Shyamali village in Swamimadopur when he found Jalebi, 32, in the throes of labour. Jalebi had only her mother-in-law to assist her because all the Gujjar men folk in the village had gone into hiding fearing arrests. Khan's family members helped Jalebi deliver her baby boy in their home in nearby Raghvanthi village.

Recounting the incident, Gujjar Sangharsh Samiti chairman Col Kirori Singh Bainsala thanked Khan's family for their help. He said "no male member was left to look after Jalebi, who could have died but for the help of the Muslim family."

"Terrified Gujjars", he added, "had vacated dozens of villages. The worst-affected, he said, were Malarana Dungar, Shayamli, Boli, Sikandra, Basman, Tohar Boli, Boni Tohri villages etc."

Bainsala added he got reports alleging "excesses by the police on Gujjar women" because their male members had fled." Director General of Police AS Gill refuted the charge saying there was "not a single case of excess by the police on any Gujjar woman. Let give me specific instances, I assure strict action against the guilty."

Bainsala also requested the state government to shift the Meena officials from field duty to prevent them from seeking revenge against the Gujjar community.

Mahadev, Sarpanch of Sikandra village in Dausa said police had registered cases against 109 Gujjars in the village.

Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria told HT that it was not "true that a large number of villages had been vacated by Gujjars." But he agreed that a few of them might have fled to evade arrests.