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Stones hurled at Gujarat minister's convoy

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Tribal Development faced the ire of some tribals in town of district today with stones being hurled at his convoy as he left the venue of the Sanskrutik Ekta Mahasammelan, the police said.

of Police said no one was hurt in the incident nor did the stones hit the minister's car.

"Some people suddenly got angry and hurled stones at the convoy of the However, the police quickly swung into action and led the convoy safely out. No one was hurt in the incident. The stones did not hit the car," he said.

was at to take part in the three-day conclave of tribals, organised by the Ekta Parishad.

Narrating the sequence of events, S B of the Ekta Parishad said, "As soon as Vasava was called on the dais, some guests started shouting slogans against him and the over the issue of declaring certain nomadic tribes of Gir, such as the Rabaris and the Charans, tribals.

"Due to the continuous heckling, the left the venue in a haste. Later, some people hurled stones at his convoy outside the venue."

Describing the incident as a spontaneous reaction of some angry tribals, he claimed that the Adivasi Ekta Parishad, a non-political entity, had no role to play in it.

Later, the protesters told reporters that tribals were finding it difficult to bag jobs as non-tribals were also allegedly being recognised as tribals.

"The Rabaris, Bharwads and Charans living in Gir are now being given certificates, declaring them as tribals. Due to this practice by the government, the real tribals like us are being deprived of jobs," one of them said.

The organisers said today was the second day of the conclave, which was expected to be attended by over three lakh people.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 21:15 IST