Gujjar community members block national highway 58 in support of their demand for reservation in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Image Credit: PTI

Jaipur: People from the Gujjar community blocked National Highway-11, which connects Jaipur to Agra, in Rajasthan’s Dausa district on Monday.

It was the fourth day of their protest demanding 5 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutes.

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Their protest turned violent on Sunday when shots were fired and police vehicles were torched in Dholpur district, forcing authorities to impose prohibitory orders under CrPc section 144 in Dholpur and Karauli districts. It still remains in force in the areas.

On Monday, the agitators blocked NH-11 and continued their blockade from previous days at other places. Since the agitation began on Friday, it has affected the movement of more than 250 trains.

“NH-11 was blocked at Sikandara in Dausa. A state highway was blocked in Bundi district’s Nainwa on Sunday and Malarna road in Sawai Madhopur and Karauli-Hindaun road at Budla village in Karauli have also been blocked,” M L Lathar, director general of police - law and order, said.

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trains’ movement affected by blockade

Dausa Superintendent of Police Prahlad Singh said vehicles heading towards the blockade on the national highway were diverted to alternative routes.

“The traffic is being diverted and things are under control. The blockade is peaceful,” the SP said, adding that efforts were being made to clear the blockade.

As of now, one national highway, one state highway and two arterial roads and Delhi-Mumbai railway tracks are blocked in Rajasthan, leading to cancellation and diversion of several trains.

The North Western Railway said in a bulletin that four trains had to be diverted on Monday.

The trains are: Hazrat Nizamuddin-Udaipur (12963), Amritsar-Mumbai Central (12904), Firozpur-Mumbai Central (19024) and Dehradun-Kochiveli (22660).

Gujjar agitation leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and his supporters began their sit-in on railway tracks in Malarna Dungar of Swai Madhopur on Friday.

Bainsla is demanding 5 per cent quota for Gujjar, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria communities in jobs and education and has refused to clear the railway tracks.

“We will not move from the tracks if the announcement is not made. There is only one demand and that is 5 per cent reservation,” Bainsla’s son, Vijay Singh, said.

A state government delegation, including Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh and IAS officer Neeraj K Pawan, held talks with the protestors on Saturday but they refused to end their agitation until their demand is met through an official announcement.