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Gujjar leaders to approach SC over killings
June 13, 2007 16:43 IST
Under fire for leading the agitation that erupted into caste war, Gujjar leaders have decided to approach the Supreme Court seeking probe into the killings of their community members who were demanding Schedule Tribe status in Rajasthan.
Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, who has been booked for murder and instigating violence, also called for review of the entire reservation policy at the national level.
He alleged that under the present system, instead of economically backward people, only powerful communities were enjoying the benefit of reservation.
Bainsla regretted the incidents of arson, looting and killings during the agitation in Rajasthan and alleged that these "unfortunate" incidents were instigated by forces averse to the community.
Seeking probe by an independent agency "which would identify the real culprits behind looting and arson," he told reporters in Dehere, a large number of shops, showrooms and houses of Gujjars were burnt during the agitation that started last month.
Over 14 people were killed and several injured in police firing and clash during agitation that spilled to Delhi and Haryana.
To intensify their demand Akhil Bhartiya Sangharsh Samiti led by Bainsla is also planning to petition the National Human Rights Commission to seek probe into all such incidents, including firing on the agitating crowds.
"Till the report of the government comes, we would strengthen our network. And if government fails to meet our demands for ST status for Gujjar community, we would again launch peaceful stir," Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, Nationalist Congress Party legislator said.
Our leaders would visit Jaipur on June 19 to disburse compensation to those killed and injured during the recent agitation, he added.