Gujjar Agitation For 5 Percent Reservation In Govt Jobs Enters Its 8th Day; Rajasthan CS, DGP Appear Before High Court

28/05/2015 11:00 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian railway passengers sit on a platform at New Delhi Railway station on June 4, 2008, after being stranded as many trains were cancelled due to Gujjar agitation in the western state of Rajasthan. Northern and Western Railways cancelled 25 trains passing through Rajasthan and diverted several others to different routes due to the ongoing violent agitation by the Gujjar community. Several trains, mostly originating from New Delhi, were cancelled in the interest of passengers' safety, a Railways official said. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Talks to resolve the stand-off over the issue of five percent reservation for Gujjars in government jobs entered its eighth day with a spokesperson for their delegation saying that a breakthrough is likely during the fresh parleys after the Rajasthan government expressed its inability to meet their demands.

"A government official told us that a fresh proposal to meet our demands would be made today, so we are staying on to hold the next round of the talks. A breakthrough is likely today," Himmat Singh, spokesperson for the Gujjar Arakshan Sangharh Samiti, told PTI.

While parleys between the Gujjars and the government continue, the High Court has also summoned the Rajasthan DGP and the Chief Secretary to appear before it to share what action has been taken to remove rail and road blockade put up as part of the Gujjar agitation.

"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," public prosecutor Laxmikant told ANI.

Following the High Court's orders to vacate the tracks and roads, the District Collector and I.G. Police of Bharatpur earlier had held talks with Col. 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.

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