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Rajasthan: Gujjars to court arrest on Tuesday
October 01, 2007 18:28 IST
The Gujjar community is all set for Tuesday's agitation, during which protestors will court arrest demanding Scheduled Tribe status for the community as the Rajasthan government on Monday said it would take all steps to maintain peace.
Home Minister G C Kataria said, "The Gujjar community has decided to go for arrests tomorrow on Gandhi Jayanti. And, we are leaving no stone unturned to make it peaceful and an incident free affair."
In most of the districts the administration has created temporary jails, and superintendents of police and inspector generals of different ranges have been asked to remain vigilant, Kataria added.
Meanwhile, the Gujjar community is claiming that over 5 lakh people of their community will take part in the 'Jail Bharo' campaign.
Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti convenor Roop Singh, who was heading towards Bharatpur along with more than a 1,000 people of the community, said, "We are firm and the community will show its strength tommorow. As it is Gandhi Jayanti, we will try our level best to make it a peaceful affair."
He claimed senior leaders of the community will also take part in this campaign.
Terming it a community campaign, Singh ruled out any dispute over leadership and any differences between suspended Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Prahalad Gunjal and Col (retd) Kirori Singh Bhainsala.
"There is no question of leadership as every member of our community is a leader and is united in order to safeguard the rights and interests of the community and our demand to recommend ST status," Singh said.
Earlier, Gujjar Mahasabha had announced that 5 lakh Gujjars will court arrest in parts of Rajasthan on October 2.
The core group led by suspended BJP MLAs Atar Singh Bhadana and Prahalad Gunjal also warned the Raje government that if a recommendation letter with Cabinet approval was not sent to the Centre by October 10, women and children of the community would will court arrest from October 11.