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Gujjar agitators teargassed on Delhi-Jaipur highway

Police teargas Gujjar protesters who had blocked the Delhi-Jaipur national highway as the agitation spread to Tonk and Banswara areas in the state with reports of violence coming in.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2008 04:10 PM IST

Police teargassed Gujjar protesters who had blocked the Delhi-Jaipur national highway as the agitation spread to Tonk and Banswara areas in the state with reports of violence coming in.

Hundreds of Gujjar youths put up blockades on National Highway-8 near Kotputali, 130 km from Jaipur, leading to jams on either sides of the road and queuing up of buses, police said.

Police first resorted to lathi charge and later used teargas shells to disperse the protesters.

In Tonk district, about 200 kms from Jaipur, police also had to use teargas against Gujjars who were forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters and blockading roads, Superintendent of Police, Giriraj Lal Meena told PTI.

At least ten people including two policemen were injured when protestors indulged in brick batting at Ghas village, 12 kms from Tonk, Meena said.

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