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Police lob tear gas to disperse Gujjar protesters in Rajasthan

IANS  |  Jaipur 

The Gujjar agitation for reservation in turned violent on Sunday, third day of the stir, when protesters clashed with police personnel near

As gun shots were heard, the police fired tear to disperse protesters, police officials said. However, no casualties have been reported.

The police intervened when protesters were trying to block the national highway No. 3 near

Angry agitators pelted stones and torched three police vehicles.

A strong contingent of police personnel was deployed on NH 148D near Nainwa as well as Bhilwara, which was blocked by protesters.

Rail traffic on the Mumbai-route remained disrupted for the second day on Saturday.

The Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (GASS) launched agitation in the state on by blocking highways and traffic on the Mumbai-rail route. They are demanding five per cent reservation in government jobs and education institutions.

Talks between agitators and the government have failed so far. On Saturday, and visited Col near Malarna Dungar in the district to hold negotiations.

The Gurjars are classified as Other Backward Class (OBC) in some states and Union territories. In and some parts of Himachal Pradesh, they are categorised as a Scheduled Tribe.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 17:02 IST
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