Published On: Tue, May 27th, 2008

Raj HC issues contempt notice to Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla

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The Gujjar agitation for ST status for the community continued for the fifth day today since the agitation showed no signs of abating with 70-year-old Kirori Singh Bainsla vowing to continue the ongoing stir and asking the Centre to intervene.

This gruesome incident seeks explanation from the State Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and DGP.According to sources, rail traffic passing through Rajasthan continued to be badly affected.

The Rajasthan High Court today issued a contempt notice to Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla for allegedly violating its order restraining the community leadership from taking law into their hands.

The court also sought an explanation from the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police as to what action was taken to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

Union Home Minister convened a meeting of the officials of his ministry to review the situation in the wake of Gujjar protests in Rajasthan and neighbouring states.

Home Ministry is keeping a close watch on the developments in this issue.

A meeting on the same issue was also held on Sunday in which National security advisor M K Narayanan and Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta also participated.Train, bus services remain affected for fourth consecutive day

Train and bus services continued to be badly affected for the fourth consecutive day today in the wake of violent agitation by the Gujjar community in Rajasthan.

Northern Railway today cancelled as many as 10 trains, mostly originating from Delhi, in the interest of passengers’ safety following the ongoing violent agitation at different places in Rajasthan, a Railway official said.

The trains that were cancelled are August Kranti Express, Nimach Link Express, Nizamuddin-Udaipur Intercity, Nizamuddin-Indore Intercity, Janta Express, Nizamuddin-Kota Jan Shatabdi Express and Gujarat Sampark Kranti.

Bandra-Nizamuddin, Maharashtra Sampark Kranti, Muzaffarpur-Bandra Avadh Express and Ahmedabad-Asansol Parasanath Express were also cancelled today.

Service of these trains has been stopped due to the agitation by Gujjar Samaj Mahapanchayat Samiti and largescale public disturbance between Gangapur City-Bayana section in Kota Division, a Northern Railway statement said.

The bus service to Jaipur, Bharatpur and other places in the state remained unaffected but the services to Alwar and Tizara were badly affected.

"Bus service to Alwar and Tizara remained affected for the third consecutive day in the wake of ongoing agitation by the Gujjar community," a Rajasthan Transport official said.

The main motive behind suspension of rail traffic in the area was to prevent further damage to railway property. Courtsey : DD NEWS

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