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Left criticises Raje govt, demands judicial probe into Dausa firing

The Left parties on Wednesday condemned the killing in police firing of 14 Gujjars, who were among thousands demonstrating in Dausa demanding Scheduled Tribe status for their community on Tuesday.

Udaipur (Rajasthan)/ Meerut (UP), May 30 : The Left parties on Wednesday condemned the killing in police firing of 14 Gujjars, who were among thousands demonstrating in Dausa demanding Scheduled Tribe status for their community on Tuesday.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) today demanded a judicial probe into the violence.

The Left parties also demanded that the BJP led Rajasthan government must pay adequate compensation to the families of those killed in the police firing.

Condemning the incident, another Left front constituent, the Communist Part of India (CPI) asked the State Government to hold talks with the community that has been hurt by the police action.

The protests began on Tuesday in support of the Gujjar community's demand for Scheduled Tribe status as promised by the BJP. The community currently comes under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category. The agitation has also got politicised with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje saying she did not make any such promise and that decision could only be taken by the Centre.

The CPI in a statement said, "The false promise of the BJP has caused a serious discontent among the people".

"The CPI feels that the good sense will prevail in the Government of Rajasthan by stopping these atrocities and will fulfil their promise made to the people and will stop playing the vote politics," it added.

Meanwhile, talks between the Rajasthan Government and Gujjar community over the granting of Scheduled Tribe status broke down on Wednesday with the former demanding at least a fortnight to deliver a decision on the matter.

The Gujjar leadership, however, said that withdrawing their agitation was not a possibility till their demand was met.

Rajasthan continued to be on the edge for the second day as protesters blocked Jaipur-Agra highway and torched two police posts.

Rajasthan, particularly the Gujjar-dominant Dausa District continues to remain tense, a day after the violent clashes.

Nearly 600 Rajasthan Armed Constabulary personnel have been deployed on the Jaipur-Agra Highway, and the army could take out a flag march later today.

The Gujjars refused to cremate the bodies of the 14 killed in Tuesday's police firing till the State Government compensates their families with Rs five lakh each.

The protesters also blocked Udaipur-Ahmedabad highway stranding hundreds of vehicles much to the chagrin of commuters.

Kailash, a stranded passenger, said "My luggage got strewn on the road. My children are hungry. We are not able to move because the highway is blocked".

In Udaipur, Congress activists took to the streets against the killings and burnt an effigy of State Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

Stick-wielding protesters held demonstrations in Rajasthan's Bharatpur town and ransacked a police post.

"Until and unless our demands are met, we'll continue to protest and demonstrate in the same way. This is our decision," said Balbir Singh, a protester.

Protests spilled over to Uttar Pradesh's Meerut town, which is home to a sizeable Gujjar population.

Protesters held demonstrations and blocked roads demanding dismissal of the Vasundhara Raje Government.

Ashok Singh, a protester, said: "The community will continue its protest. All the accused should be punished and the Rajasthan government should be dismissed. This is the demand of the whole community".

Raje termed the clashes as 'unfortunate', but did not announce compensation for the victims. Raje visited the injured, who are admitted in Sawai Mansingh Hospital in Jaipur.

The BJP and the opposition Congress have traded charges and counter-charges over the incident.

Following the disturbances in the State, trains from Jaipur-Jodhpur to Delhi via Dausa-Alwar-Rewari-Bandikui route have been diverted via Sawai Madhopur and Mathura to Delhi in the wake of violence at Dausa.

Besides these, four trains - Asharam Express from and to Ahmedabad, Motihari-Porbandar Express and Haridwar - Ahmedabad Express, have been delayed by four hours to 14 hours.

The turmoil in the State has also hit traffic, with one of the main highways - the Delhi-Jaipur highway jammed.

Hundreds of passengers, especially from Delhi, have been affected. Most buses to Rajasthan from Delhi have been cancelled for the moment.

In New Delhi, dozens of passengers waited for hours at the Bikaner House bus stands for the highway to open up for traffic. They appeared harassed and fatigued.

"There is no proper information as to when the route will open and there are no other arrangements either. No, forget about air conditioners, there is no provision of drinking water either. We only want that the route should be opened quickly so that passengers can go back," said Ashok Kumar Sharma, a passenger.

"No facility is available here. I came here at 10'clock yesterday. Even after 24 hours, we don't know when, will we leave for Jaipur. The authorities are not co-operating with us. I had to sleep on the floor" said Agre Shristava, another passenger

O.P. Babbar, station in-charge, Bikaner House, said, "We are in regular contact with the officials in Jaipur and waiting for their orders to move the buses. If any passenger wants his money back we are refunding the whole amount. Around 300 passengers' money has already been refunded".


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