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Agitation in Dungarpur turns violent

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The agitation by the tribal youth of Dungarpur district that started on September 7 is continuing in Rajasthan and has turned violent. The agitators have taken control of five km area and set police vehicles and petrol pumps on fore. The protestors have also broken CCTV cameras.

They are demanding the conversion of the unreserved teachers’ posts into reserved posts so that local tribal youth can get a job in government schools.

The agitators jammed thee Udaipur-Ahmedabad highway on Friday.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed to the tribal youth not to resort to violence. He said the agitators should adopt peaceful ways of expressing their grievances.

Agitation turns violent

On the second consecutive day on Friday, the agitators came out on road with lathis and iron rods to demonstrate. Police had to fire rubber bullets on the agitating mob to control it as it was pelting stones on police personnel.

The vehicle of Dungarpur SP was set on fire. Two other vehicles belonging to the state government was also set on fire. The SP and other policemen received minor injuries due to the pelting of stones.

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The agitators took the control of trucks plying in the area and boarded the truck and drove to the point where the police were patrolling and pelted stones.

The police tried to pacify the agitators and asked them to speak to the district administration, but the agitators wanted an assurance from the state government that all the posts will be filled by the tribals only.

Agitators booked by police for breaking rules

On Thursday, the police booked cases against the agitators for breaking rules related to COVID-19. Angry over the registration of the cases against them, the agitators climbed on a hillock Kankri Doongri and started pelting stones on the police.

The blockade of the highway stopped the vehicular movement between Udaipur and Dungarpur and thousands of vehicles were stranded on the road.

The agitators were demanding that the 1,167 posts of teachers belonging to the unreserved category and where the general category teachers were appointed should be given to the reserved category persons to enable the youth to get jobs in their home district.

According to home department officials, when the selections process for appointing teachers in government schools was undertaken, the various panchayats were categorised to absorb maximum numbers of tribal for teaching positions.  But it is not possible to fill all the posts with the tribal teachers only as it would create imbalance.

 

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