New Delhi: The ongoing stir by Gujjar community over demand for a 5 per cent reservation in government jobs and education in Rajasthan turned violent on day 3, Sunday. A clash broke out between the police and protesters at Dholpur Highway in the afternoon. Several vehicles were set on fire and incidents of stone-pelting were also reported.
Speaking to the media, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, earlier in the day, had said,”We will stay here until a decision is taken, until we get 5% reservation.”
Meanwhile, train services remained affected in the state for the third consecutive day on Sunday amid ongoing reservation stir by the members of Gujjar community. The West Central Railway released a statement stating that 10 trains were diverted/short terminated or cancelled between Sawai Madhopur-Bayana section.
Furthermore, the Western Railways released a statement stating that to clear extra rush due to Gujjar agitation between Sawai Madhopur-Bayana in West Central Railway, a special train from Bandra Terminus to Sawai Madhopur on 10,11,12,13 and 14 February will be operated. “It’ll depart from SWM at 13.45 hrs for Bandra on 10,11,12,13&14 February,” read the statement.
On Saturday, 14 trains were cancelled and 4 were diverted due to stir. In the wake of the protest, the Rajasthan Staff Selection Board had also postponed the Agricultural Supervisor Direct Recruitment-2018 exam, which was scheduled on February 10 in Jaipur and Kota.
One of the protesters on Saturday said, “We have good CM and a good PM. We want that they listen to the demands of the Gujjar community. It isn’t an uphill task for them to provide reservation.”
It is to be noted here that the Gujjar community had been demanding a 5 per cent quota. Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (GASS) leader Kirori Singh Bainsla had said, “We want a 5 per cent reservation. The government hasn’t responded to my request. So, I am going to do an agitation. The government should give… I don’t know where they give from.” He also demanded reservation for four other castes _ Gujjar, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria _ in government jobs and educational institutions.
Last month, Bainsla had given 20-day ultimatum which ended on Friday. The leader started to protest after holding maha panchayat. On October 26, 2018, the Rajasthan government passed a bill which increased other backward classes from 21 per cent to 26 per cent.
It must be noted that Gujjars in Rajasthan already have 1 per cent reservation in the most backward category but are demanding 5 per cent quota under the legal limit of 50 per cent reservation. Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who is a Gujjar himself, said there won’t be any further injustice to the community.