DG (law and order) ML Lather told TOI that situation in Dholpur was quickly brought under control by the local police but at least four cops sustained injuries due to heavy stone pelting. “Some people had tried to block the traffic on Chambal Bridge in Dholpur. When the protesters began to misbehave with passengers traveling in cars and buses, the police team had to intervene to protect them. The protesters responded in pelting stones at cops, the Dholpur police resorted to tear gas firing,” he said, adding that arrests will be made.
“We have filed three FIRs in the case so far, two more cases will be filed by Dholpur police for damage to public property and police vehicles ,” he said, adding, old video clips from Gujjar agitation of 2007 are being spread to whip up passions.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot claimed that some miscreants had got involved into the clashes. “Bainsla ji (Kirori Singh Bainsla) had also appealed for the peace and people should listen to his message. The doors for dialogues are open from our side,” he told mediapersons at state hanger when asked about Dholpur incident.
The clashes in Dholpur sent nearby Karauli district administration into a tizzy. “We have decided to impose Section 144 for the entire Karauli district,” said district collector Nanu Mal Pahdaia.
The sources informed TOI that Karauli in Rajasthan has maximum Gujjar population and preventive measures have been imposed to avert any further flare up of the situation.
Meanwhile, the Karauli administration has also pasted a notice on the house of Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla for the violation of court’s orders warning against vandalism.
An important meeting was called by ACS (Home) which was attended by DGP, ADGP (Intelligence) and DGP (law and order) to assess the security situation across the state in view of highway jams and blockades on railway lines.
“We have categorically told district SPs that where Gujjars decide to sit on the road to block the traffic, they must find an alternative route to divert the traffic,” an official said.
As many as 26 trains remained diverted, while 12 others were cancelled for the third consecutive day on Sunday . The Gujjars have blocked road traffic on Hudla in Karauli, Asind in Bhilwara, Jaipur-Ahmedabad highway in Ajmer and Nainwa in Bundi. The intelligence alert has been issued for Dausa and Karauli districts.