Gujjars revive stir for reservation, protesters damage Delhi-Mumbai rail tracks in Bharatpur

"We want five per cent reservation under the legal limit of 50 per cent. The governments have been cheating us for the last several years. We are presently getting only one per cent and we want four per cent more," Gujjar leader Kirori Bainsla said.

By: Express Web Desk Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: May 22, 2015 1:00 am
gujjars, gujjar reservation, gujjars rajasthan Rajashthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that there is “no point blocking rail tracks, we’re ready to talk”. ( file photo)

The Gujjar community, led by Kirori Singh Bainsla, intensified its agitation demanding five per cent reservation in government jobs on Thursday, with hundreds of community members blocking and damaging the railway track connecting Delhi and Mumbai.

“The protesters have damaged parts of the railway track by removing the fishplates,” said Bharatpur collector Ravi Jain.

At the time of writing this report, several trains were in the process of being diverted to alternate routes, with the Gujjars blocking the tracks at Pilupura village in Bharatpur, about 235 km from here.

Four trains running on the Delhi-Mumbai route had to be diverted, including Avadh Express, Patna Express, Mewar Super Fast Express and Ziyarat Express.

Besides, at least nine trains were affected owing to the blockade. These include: Pashchim Express (Amritsar-Bandra), Awadh Express (Bandra-Gorakhpur), Janata Express (Firozpur-Bandra), Azimabad Express (Patna-Ahmedabad), Kota-Patna Express, Kalka-Bandra Express, Ratlam-Mathura Passenger, Mathura-Sawaimadhopur Passenger, Bayana-Mathura passenger.

People of Gujjar community protest on the Delhi-Mumbai railway route in Rajasthan on Thursday.(Source: PTI) People of Gujjar community protest on the Delhi-Mumbai railway route in Rajasthan on Thursday.(Source: PTI)

This was the same stretch that the community had blocked in 2008 during the previous term of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, and later in 2010 under the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot.

“We are still waiting for the government representative to reach out to us. No one has talked to us yet,’ Bainsla told The Indian Express.

The law and order situation was under control and no untoward incident had taken place, Bharatpur SP Rahul Prakash said.

“About 500-700 Gujjars have reached Pilupura and are blocking tracks,” he said.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said the government was ready for talks with the community leaders.

“What is the point of blocking railway tracks without even talking to the government. We are always ready for talks. We believe in taking all 36 kaums (communities) together and want to protect the interests of everyone,” Raje said here.

Bainsla had launched a “Nyay Yatra” (Justice March) on 11th May, which concluded in Bharatpur’s Bayana earlier this morning. On Thursday, a caste mahapanchayat was convened to decide over the future course of the agitation. Later in the evening, Bainsla led community members to Pilupura, after claiming the government did not reach ou to him for talks.

Since 2007, when the Gujjar community started its agitation from Patoli in Dausa, about 72 people have lost their lives owing to police action.

The agitation, which began with the demand of Scheduled Tribe status for the community, was revived again in 2008 and then in 2010.

The Gujjars have since been demanding five percent reservation in the Special Backward Classes category, within the 50 percent reservation limit. The matter is sub judice at the Rajasthan High Court.

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  1. I
    May 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm
    Long Live India for the bad things being done in our country. Today I saw the impact the a non derserving person doing the job in bank, in OBC, Bhiwani one person Karam veer Singh (definitely coming to employment just because of quota/reservation) made my day bad as my simple task of operating locker (lockers were under his responsibility) took him twenty minutes to finally leave his seat and go to Locker room. His ignorance and still believing that he is obliging customers by offering his service, all come due when a non-deserving person is given he is not enled to. These reserved category people bring inefficiency and corruption and low level of quality and atmosphere where they work. God Bless India for JEE Advanced cut-off for general category is 105 and for them its 44. What a bad.dia will have to pay in long run if merit is Not given its due.
    1. M
      May 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm
      Such things can only happen in India. Baisla was given BJP ticket and was M.P. if I'm not wrong.
      1. Ankur Bhatnagar
        May 22, 2015 at 10:10 am
        Do Government and these agitators think that it is exam time, lacs of students has to appear in their Pre-medical and IIT exam on 23/5 & 24/5 and rail is the most widely & extensively used mode of transport . How will they reach for their exams..............! Is all these Planned earlier , then what Government is doing............?
        1. A
          Akshay Singh
          May 21, 2015 at 9:31 pm
          The demand of reservation by gujjar community is not legitimate. They were once ruling community. They were ethnically not deprived by any kind of disability unlike SCs and STs. Gujjars proudly say that they are from the lineage of Laxman, brother of Rama. How they could be considered backward? Mrs. Raje,herself maharani, is doing away the enlements of poor and presenting pro emplyer laws and lands to industrialist. Earlier she gave reservation to jat community who are dominant and by no factor can be considered as backward.
          1. A
            May 21, 2015 at 8:25 pm
            I think the train should be run over them. Rather than working on doing anything constructive they are begging for reservations! Do away with reservations based on caste/religion. Can't imagine how we will ever become a devepoed country with such losers.
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