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Reservation ruckus on NH-12

May 29, 2007
Violence on reservation is taking its toll in Rajasthan.

A day after clashes during protests by the Gujjar community on a quota issue claimed 14 deaths and injured 100, the sparks are still flying.

The Gujjar community wants their community shifted from the Other Backward Class category to the Scheduled Tribe list.

Protestors pelted stones, set ablaze at least five buses of the state transport corporation near Kotputali on Jaipur-Delhi Highway and clashed with the police in Dausa, Karauli and Bundi districts as part of their 'chakka-jam' agitation on Tuesday. Seven persons were killed in Bundi district while six bodies were found from Peelplikheda-Patoli area, about 165 km from Jaipur, along Jaipur-Agra national highway in Dausa and in neighbouring Karauli. The Army had to be called in along with additional paramilitary personnel to stem the protests.

Image: Buses damaged by agitating members of the Gujjar community block the road during clashes on NH-12 at Bundi in Rajasthan.

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