Government sends officials for talks, Gujjars refuse

Government sends officials for talks, Gujjars refuse Jaipur: As the agitation by Gujjars demanding five percent reservation in government jobs entered the sixth day in Rajasthan, the state government on Saturday sent three senior IAS officials to Bayana to hold talks with the protestors who refused to meet them.

G S Sandhu, Niranjan Arya and Ashok reached Bayana in a helicopter from Jaipur and appealed to Gujjars to send a delegation to start the first round of talks to end the deadlock but did not get a positive response from leaders of the stir.

"Our community is not ready to talk with these officials. So we are not sending any delegation to start dialogues with them. We are demanding five percent reservation and we will hold talks only after the agenda of any meeting is 'five per cent reservation' only," Roop Singh, a close aide of Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, said.

The officers are camping at a government school in Bayana to assess the situation.

Meanwhile, Gujjar protestors blocked the Ajmer-Indore rail track in Bhilwara district on the sixth day of their agitation, disrupting movement of at least eight rains on the route.

The agitators have already occupied Jaipur-Delhi tracks near Bandikui in Dausa and Delhi-Mumbai in Bharatpur district in support of their demands.