Blockades continue as Gujjar quota stir enters 5th day

Blockades continue as Gujjar quota stir enters 5th day

Jaipur: The Gujjar community agitation for five per cent reservation in jobs and education entered its fifth day on Tuesday, with protesters blocking Chaksu town, about 40 km from here on National Highway 52, police said.

The blockades on the Agra-Jaipur-Bikaner National Highway-11 in Dausa district, state highway in Nainwa of Bundi district, Malarna road in Sawai Madhopur and the Karauli-Hindaun road at Budla village in Karauli district continued from the previous day. 

"Apart from the routes that were blocked till, agitators have laid a blockade in Chaksu town of Jaipur district. No untoward incident has been reported so far. Law and order situation is under control," Director General of Police (Law and Order) M L Lathar said. 

The North Western Railway issued a bulletin stating that three trains were 
cancelled and two diverted on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, Gujjar leaders have refused to back-off from the tracks and roads. "We have not received any communication from the state government so far. Dharna will continue," Vijay Bainsla, son of Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, said. 

Gujjar agitation leader KiroriBainsla and his supporters began their indefinite sit-in on railway tracks in MalarnaDungar of Sawai Madhopur on Friday evening. 

Bainsla has stuck to the demand of five per cent reservation for the Gujjar, Raika-Rebari, GadiaLuhar, Banjara and the Gadaria communities, and has refused to move from the tracks until the same is met through an official announcement. 

A state government delegation, including Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh and IAS officer Neeraj K Pawan, had held talks with the protestors on Saturday but failed to come to an agreement. 

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