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We want Centre to step in: Bainsala

Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsala threatens "dire consequences" in retaliation to the reported police firing in Sikandra near Jaipur, report Avishek G. Dastidar & Pradeep Sharma.

india Updated: May 25, 2008 00:15 IST

Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsala has threatened "dire consequences" in retaliation to the reported police firing in Sikandra near Jaipur in which at least five Gujjars were killed on Saturday evening.

Bainsala told Hindustan Times in Pilu Pura village, 60 km from Bharatpur, "The opposition has forgotten its role, and the government has lost control of the state. That is why unarmed, innocent people are being killed with impunity. We want the Central government to intervene."

As his men went on a rampage on the railway tracks, removing the plates and dislodging the tracks and torching sundry bushes in the nearby fields, Bainsala remained seated a stone's throw away, surrounded by a group of followers. Unfazed. "It's unfortunate what has happened in Sikandra".

A charred police vehicle, testimony to Friday's violence, still remains in the middle of the road in the village. With hundreds and hundreds of Gujjars spread all across the fields around the railway track and the Bayana-Hindaun road, the law enforcement agencies have not been able to penetrate the Gujjar base since Friday.

The man, who, like last year, once again sits at the helm of caste violence and tension prevailing across North India, said his cause was "just". "What we are asking for is fair. That is why people do not mind shedding blood for the cause. But personally, I will not allow violence. I will prevent my men from getting violent," he said. What does he mean by "dire consequences in retaliation?" "We will decide that. But first the state government must also rethink on its ways of dealing with us."