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15-day ultimatum to Vasundhara
Gujjar trouble infects Haryana

Jaipur/New Delhi/Hisar: Two people were killed in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan today in clashes between members of the Gujjar community and police, hours after the state government finally opened talks over Gujjar demands for tribal status.

As violence spread, hundreds of Gujjars staged demonstrations in Delhi and its satellite towns of Noida and Gurgaon, burning effigies of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, blocking roads and causing traffic snarls.

A report from Hisar in Haryana said the Gujjar community held a “mahapanchayat” there and threatened to proceed to Rajasthan if their demand for Scheduled Tribes status was not accepted within a fortnight.

“The mahapanchayat has served a 15-day ultimatum on the Rajasthan government to accept our demand, failing which thousands of people from Haryana will proceed to Rajasthan to join the agitation,’’ community leader Jai Narain Gujjar said after the mahapanchayat in Gujjran Parao area. The irate members of the community later came out on the streets and burnt an effigy of Vasundhra Raje.

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