Gujjars, Rajasthan govt. to resume talks today

Jaipur, June 13: The Gujjar representatives will resume second round of talks with the Rajasthan Government here today.

A 22-member team of Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, agitating for Scheduled Tribe status, will attend the meeting.

The Rajasthan Government also constituted a seven-member team for discussion with the Gujjar delegation. It includes BJP state president Om Prakash Mathur, BJP national treasurer Ramdas Agarwal, cabinet ministers Sawar Lal Jat and Laxmi Narayan Dave and senior IAS officers S N Jha and Malovika Panwar.

According to sources, the talks will be held at the Officer Training Station.

After the release of 25 Gujjar women, who were arrested for damaging rail tracks in Bandikui in Dausa District last week, the Gujjar representatives on Thursday agreed to resume talks.

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla had said that he would not send a delegation to Jaipur for second found of talks till the arrested women were freed.

These women were arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Railway Act.

Bainsla had gone back on the written commitment given in Bayana during the first round of talks on Monday, and demanded release of arrested women activists and withdrawal of murder charges against 20 protestors as a pre-condition for talks.

The agitating Gujjars and the representatives of the Rajasthan Government held the initial round of talks in Bayana on Monday evening.

During the talks, the Gujjars demanded withdrawal of all cases by the State Government against agitators, compensation of Rs ten lakh, each for dead and a government job for one person for a deceased’s family, compensation of Rs two lakh for the injured and registration of cases against the policemen who fired on protestors. (ANI)

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