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Gujjar protests reach Delhi's streets

May 29, 2008

Text: Onkar Singh & PTI

Members of the Gujjar community, who had threatened to take their agitation to New Delhi, blocked the various national highways leading to Delhi on Thursday and staged massive traffic blockades at various places.

The Centre deployed over 45,000 officers and men of paramilitary forces to prevent any untoward incidents during the agitation by Gujjars, who have been demanding Scheduled Tribe status for their community.

They are also marking the anniversary of the clashes last year, which had claimed 13 lives.

The protestors blocked the Delhi-Gazipur Road since the morning, resulting in massive traffic jams. The protestors finally allowed the vehicles to turn back and take alternate routes to the capital.

Image: Police personnel at Faridabad keep an eye on the protests.
Photograph: PTI Photo

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