Vasundhara reaches Bayana to hold talks

May 25th, 2008 - 8:17 pm ICT by admin  

Jaipur, May 25 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has arrived in Bayana for talks with the agitating Gujjar leadership.
Earlier in the day, she had warned the Gujjars not to test her governments patience.
She said the violence by the Gujjars would not be tolerated and warned them against aggravating their agitation.
Raje had offered to hold talks with Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla to which he had agreed. Bainsla was ready to drive down to the CMs office to talk about the Gujjar demand of inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes list.
But later, he refused to talk with the State Government, insisting that the BJP Government send a report to Bharatpur.
Tension continues to build up in Rajasthan after the death of about 31 to 38 Gujjars since Friday.
Many trains from Delhi to Ahmedabad and Mumbai and those crossing areas along the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border have been suspended or re-routed today and the Jaipur-Agra Highway remains blocked.
Police had opened fire on the Gujjars in Sikandra in Dausa District on Saturday, killing 21 of them and injuring at least 20 others.
The authorities, however said, only 15 had died and the critically injured had been admitted to Jaipurs Sawai Man Singh Hospital.
Gujjar protests are being led by Bainsla, who has now gone on an indefinite fast.
He has urged his supporters to remain calm, and led his supporters in rail roko andolan.
Gujjars are demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for the community which would entitle them to reservations in top educational institutions in the country. (ANI)

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