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Rajasthan's caste wars & anarchy


May 27, 2008
Tension is mounting as the Gujjar agitation is spreading to new areas in Rajasthan amid reports of violence and traffic chaos on highways.

Police tear-gassed Gujjar protesters who blocked the Delhi-Jaipur national highway as the agitation spread to Tonk and Banswara.

Hundreds of Gujjar youths put up blockades on National Highway-8 near Kotputali, 130 km from Jaipur, leading to jams on either sides of the road and queuing up of buses, police said.

Police first resorted to cane charge and later used teargas shells to disperse the protesters.

Image: Gujjar leader Kirodi Singh Bainsala talks to members of his community at Karwadi-Pilupura village in Bharatpur.
Reportage: PTI | Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI

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