Published On: Thu, May 28th, 2015

Gujjar agitation enters eighth day; Chief Secy and DGP appear before HC

Sikandra (Rajsthan): The Gujjar agitation for five percent reservation in government jobs entered its eighth day today, with hundreds of protesters still blocking railway tracks in Pilupura.

Gujjars still blocking railway tracks in Pilupura, demanding five per cent reservation in government jobs.

Gujjars still blocking railway tracks in Pilupura, demanding five per cent reservation in government jobs.

Meanwhile, state Chief Secretary C S Rajan and DGP Manoj Bhatt appeared before the Rajasthan High Court today.

“The High Court asked administration about the steps taken to maintain peace in Rajasthan and to calm the Gujjar agitation. There is another hearing tomorrow. Affidavit, progress report has to be filed by administration,” said public prosecutor Laxmikant.

The court also asked them to give details of the losses caused to public and private property by the Gujjars’ agitation over their demand for 5 percent reservation in government jobs.

“You (CS & DGP) being the head of bureaucracy and law and order machinery are not bound to be mere spectators of the political dialogue between the Gujjar agitators and the state government,” a single judge bench of the court said.

“We cannot allow people to suffer for these undemocratic agitations. It seems that the both of you have gone senseless towards the plight of the public. We are making it clear in unambiguous terms to you that this court is keen to see that the blockades are removed immediately today itself with the train track and highway clear for movement overnight and we must be understood seriously while observing this,” Justice R S Rathore said.

The observations and order came on a contempt petition pending against Gurjar leaders including Kirori Singh
Bainsla since 2008 for violating orders of high court.

DRM Railway, Kota division and the Chief Security Officer, Railway police force (RPF) were also present before the court.

The court also expressed displeasure over the non-action of Chief Security Officer, RPF in protecting the fish plates of tracks removed in the affected region, crippling rail movement between Delhi and Jaipur.

“The state administration has lodged an FIR under stringent provisions for waging war against the state but not a single named person has been apprehended yet nor the investigation initiated,” said Justice Rathore.

Following the High Court’s orders to vacate the tracks and roads, the District Collector and IG Police of Bharatpur earlier held talks with Kirori Singh Bainsla and other leaders last night.

The Dausa Collector had also issued a notice to the agitating Gujjars in Sikandra to clear the Jaipur-Agra national highway but there are no signs of the dharna being lifted as yet.

Inputs with ANI and PTI

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