Police appeal to Gujjars to maintain peace in Delhi
Delhi Police makes security arrangements amid conflicting reports of a call for Delhi shutdown on Monday by Gujjar leaders in support of their agitation.delhi Updated: Jun 03, 2007 22:23 IST
Delhi Police on Sunday made elaborate security arrangements amid conflicting reports of a call for Delhi shutdown on Monday by Gujjar leaders in support of their agitation in Rajasthan for tribal status, and appealed to the farming community to maintain peace.
The appeal followed a demonstration by members of the largely farming community at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi under the banner of All India Gujjar Mahasabha where a call for general strike was given.
Police said certain groups of the Gujjar community reportedly gave the call.
There was uncertainty about the shutdown as a group of Gujjar leaders held a meeting on Sunday at Haryana MP and prominent Gujjar leader Avtar Singh Bharana's residence in New Delhi and discussed the possibility of giving a call for a Delhi 'bandh' (shutdown) and blocking the entry of goods to the capital.
Bharana had a meeting with some Gujjar leaders at his residence here on Sunday.
Chief spokesperson of Delhi Police Deependra Pathak said: "The police are in contact with the Gujjar community leaders and have appealed to them to maintain peace and tranquillity in the National Capital Region of Delhi."