;Over one lakh Gujjars to stage mass sit-in in Jaipur today

March 10th, 2008 - 11:26 am ICT by admin  

Jaipur, Mar 10 (ANI): More than one lakh Gujjars are expected to stage a mass sit-in here today to demand Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for community that would entitle them to reservations in top educational institutions in the country.

Titled as “Mahapadav”, the meeting will also demand withdrawal of cases registered against Gujjars during their stir for the ST tag last year.

Twenty-six people were killed in last year’s battles between police and Gujjars in the state in which the BJP Government had registered over 330 criminal cases.

According to sources, around 700 Gujjars are still in jails, facing criminal cases.

A day-long meet is being organised by the Gujjars Arkashan Sangarsh Samiti.

Jaipur District Collector, Akhil Arora said that some preventive arrests have been made ahead of the meeting t o maintain peace and tranquility. (ANI)

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