Gujjars press 'tiger force' to prevent security breach
Even as security forces maintain a close vigil at the violence-hit areas, the Gujjars have created a "tiger force" to check "suspicious elements" and ensure supply of essential commodities in area under their control.
Youth in their early twenties have been handpicked by the community members to patrol round the clock to prevent any "security breach".
"We believe that CID personnel and other vested interests have been frequenting this place. In order to prevent any breach that would be harmful to our agitation, this youth brigade has been handpicked," a senior member of the community said.
There are about 40 boys in the force, who have also been entrusted with the task of maintaining the smooth flow of ration, medicines and drinking water.
"Now that we have asked our men not to leave this place, only these boys would be going to and fro from here to the villages to fetch these items", he said.
Talking about their preparedness to counter any situation, he said, the members of the tiger office are armed with lathis and have been asked to keep a check on any "suspicious person" and check his identity in case of doubt.
The formation of this force comes in the wake of reports that some Gujjar men have been arrested and their vehicles seized in the vicinity of the area of agitation.