Gujjars start returning home from rail tracks
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 15:32
  
Jaipur: With the Gujjar leadership calling off its agitation on the reservation issue, movement of vehicles on the Jaipur-Agra national highway and other road routes in Karauli, Bharatpur eased on Thursday.

However, the Delhi-Mumbai rail tracks were yet to be fully cleared as the protestors, who had occupied them, awaiting a formal announcement to them from their leader Kirori Singh Bainsla.

After a meeting with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot here last night, Bainsla and his team left for Pilukapura in Bharatpur district to declare the withdrawal of their 17-day agitation.

Bainsla received a warm welcome by Gujjars at several places in Dausa and the team is likely to reach Pilukapura by the evening where he will formally announce the leadership's decision to call off the agitation.

"Though the Delhi-Mumbai rail tracks are almost clear, they will be completely vacated after Bainsla's address," an aide of the Gujjar leader Roop Singh told a news agency.

"We have planned a celebration at Pilukapura. Sweets are being prepared at the site and the entire village will take part in a Gujjar feast," he said.

The Jaipur-Agra highway and over two dozen other routes which were blocked due to the agitation have already been vacated by the Gujjars, he said.

According to police sources, movement of vehicles on the Jaipur-Agra national highway and other road routes in Karauli, Bharatpur and at other nearby places has been regularised.

Bainsla had decided to call off the agitation after the state government assured the Gujjar leadership that it will complete within six months the quantifiable data collection for the purpose.

The agitation, which began on December 20, had seen the Gujjars blocking several rail and road routes, causing hardship to people and loss to various industries in the state.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 15:32


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