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Gujjars decide to call off agitation

Gujjars call off their agitation after Rajasthan Govt agrees to free the members of the community who are in jails, reports KS Tomar.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2007 18:59 IST
KS Tomar
KS Tomar
Hindustan Times

Gujjars, demanding Schedule Tribe status in Rajasthan called off their on-going agitation on Wednesday, following the success of the preliminary talks between the state government emissaries and top Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsala at Ajmer Central Jail.

Col Baisnala said, "the government has agreed to release the members of the community who are in jails. Due to this development, agitation would not be continued and solution would be found through dialogue."

Confirming the withdrawal of the agitation, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said, "the government has received the communication from Col Bainsala from Ajmer that the agitation has been called off and they are ready to hold talks to end the current crisis."

Kataria added, "Gujjar leaders have sent a six point charter of demand which is being discussed by the government. The government has asked Col Baisnala to inform the members of the core committee of the Gujjars agitation who would participate in the negotiations,” Kataria said.

BJP state General Secretary, Ram Pal Jat, said, "I am optimist about the solution as both sides want to end the current problem."

According to Col Basianla, Gujjars demands include the early completion of the report of Justice Jasraj Chopra Commission, withdrawal of criminal cases including serious ones registered against the community members, compensation to the injured, jobs to the dependents of the 26 people killed in police firing and caste clashes and withdrawal of cases registered against those in jails, etc.

Dissident Gujjar leader Nepal Singh Arya said, "I have expressed my resentment to Col Bainsala to call of the agitation without consulting the other members of the core committee."

The state government had set up a committee to prepare a status report on the community's inclusion in the ST category after the stir in May-June this year.

First Published: Oct 10, 2007 18:03 IST