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Gujjars enraged after Rajasthan govt files FIR against community leaders

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The Gujjar community is enraged following the Rajasthan government’s action against Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsala and 33 others. An FIR has been lodged against Bainsala and others in Bayana for holding the ‘mahapanchayat’ (convention) on Saturday.

The police have booked the agitators for violating the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act.

Charges against Gujjar leaders

The multiple charges against them include violation of section 188 of IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by police servant). The police further booked the agitators under section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life).

The Rajasthan police have also charged the Gujjar leaders with section 51 (punishment for obstruction) of the Disaster Management Act and section 4 (organising social religious, political gatherings, gathering without prior permission) of Epidemic Disease Act.

Rajasthan govt suppressing Gujjar voice

Vijay Singh Bainsala, the son of Gujjar community leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsala, who is a key activist of Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, criticised the Ashok Gehlot government for this action.

Vijay Bainsala said the Rajasthan government was trying to suppress the voice of the Gujjar community who have been peacefully demanding reservation.

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He said during the political crisis in the state, the chief minister himself violated various laws by convening meetings of the Congress party and also holding the Congress Legislature party’s meeting.

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Another leader Himmat Singh said that under the cover of the various Acts related to the pandemic, the Rajasthan government is trying to crush our demands. He said the FIR lodged against the Gujjar community shows that the government is trying to deal with a just demand with an iron hand.

Himmat Singh said that while all other political parties are violating the laws and both Congress and the BJP workers assemble in large numbers demanding tickets for the six municipal corporations, no action has been taken against them. He alleged bias of the government against the Gujjar community.

Col Bainsala had earlier said that the community will go for a statewide agitation from November 1, if their demand was not met. He said the community would defy all laws to continue their agitation.

 

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