Gujjars fight for quota continues, train-road traffic affected

Ready and waiting Gujjars block a railway track near Bayana
Ready and waiting Gujjars block a railway track near Bayana

Rejecting Rajasthan’s offer for talks, Gujjar community on 22 May continued their agitation for the second day in Bharatpur to press for five percent quota in jobs.

The agitation has led to disruption of train services, 10 trains have been cancelled and 57 diverted, as hundreds of agitators squatted on tracks along the Delhi-Mumbai route. 1

Several trains have been diverted, while road traffic on Bharatpur-Hindaun road has been affected, police said.

The government sent a letter to Gujjar leaders inviting them for talks. The Gujjars are demanding five percent quota in government jobs under the 50 percent legal limit.

“In a letter, the government asked us to hold talks, but we want a permanent solution.  We have given an ultimatum to the government to this effect,” Himmat Singh, spokesperson, Gujjar Arkashan Sangharsh Samiti said. The samiti is leading the agitation.

“We will wait for what the government has to say and decide on the future course of action. We will take the decision this evening,” he said.

A district administration official handed over the letter to Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla. A heavy force has been deployed in the area to maintain law and order.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje reviewed the situation on 21 May night. She said, “What is the point of blocking railway tracks without even talking to the government. We believe in taking all 36 communities together and want to protect everyone’s interests.”

Hundreds of agitators have been squatting on the railway tracks since 21 May evening and reportedly damaged the tracks by removing some fish plates.


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