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Gujjars riot on; state clueless

May 29, 2008
Even as Gujjars stormed the National Capital on Thursday seeking Scheduled Tribe status, the community resembles a rudderless ship on autopilot. Nobody, except a handful of hardliners, wants the agitation to continue.

When will it end? Gujjar youngsters in Sikandara without any communication channel with the nerve centre in Bayana, more than 100 km away, want to know.

When can we get back on the road? Truck drivers stuck outside ground zero want to know.

When can we go back home? Cops manning deserted stretches of the highway want to know. The state, too, wants the standoff to end as soon as possible. Every extra day means more fodder for public memory, which is never a good thing, especially in an election year.

Image: With the stalemate entering the fifth day, Gujjar youth, whose food supplies are fast running out, wait for a solution.
Reportage and Photographs: Krishna Kumar P in Sikandra

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