The Gujjar agitation on ST quota demand today showed signs of revival with leader Kirori Singh Bainsla asking community members congregating for a 'mahapanchayat' not to go back but stage a sit-in to build pressure on the Rajasthan government to get the pending reservation bill cleared.
In the mahapanchayat, which began at Penchla mod near Hindon city in Karuali district this afternoon, Bainsla, spearheading the agitation for the past three years, asked Gujjars to stay back overnight at the place for a 24 hour 'mahapadav' (sit-in).
He said the Congress government would have to provide five per cent reservation as envisaged in the bill which was passed by the previous BJP government. The bill was sent to the governor and is awaiting his assent.
Additional DGP (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh, who is camping and supervising force deployment, said there was no untoward incident so far and prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC are in force since yesterday in Karauli and adjoining districts of Sawaimadhopur, Dausa, Dholpur, Bharatpur and parts of Jaipur rural.
He said the security cover would continue till the mahapadav, attended by nearly 4,000 Gujjars, ends. Personnel of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary, Rapid Action Force, Riot Control, STF are keeping strict vigil in the area.