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Delhi: Safe within but trouble brews around it
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | June 04, 2007 13:31 IST
The Gujjars may have blocked the entry points to Delhi, but their day-long call for shutdown to demand Scheduled Tribe status in Rajasthan has hardly had an impact within Delhi itself.
Even though Gujjar leaders, who own 25 per cent of the private buses in the city, decided not to ply their vehicles on the roads the traffic in the city was moving smoothly.
"So far, we have no news from anywhere in the capital about any incident involving the Gujjars turning violent," an official posted at Delhi police's information section told rediff.com.
However, encouraging reports have not been coming in from areas bordering Delhi like Faridabad, Gurgoan and Bahadhurgarh.
Faridabad resident A Bhattacharya had to start at 8 am to reach South Block in Central Delhi so that he could avoid trouble. His plans went awry as he touched the Delhi-Faridabad national highway, where he was waylaid by violent Gujjars.
The Delhi-Noida road has been sealed and nobody is being allowed to cross over to Delhi.
Similarly, those wanting to travel from Gurgoan to Delhi have been told to go back to their residence.
In fact, media-persons were the target of attack by those supporting the shutdown.