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    Gujjar unrest: CPI(M) demands judicial probe

    New Delhi, May 30 (PTI): Holding the Rajasthan government responsible for the Gujjar unrest, the CPI(M) today said the BJP regime has become "notorious" for its "heavy-handed police repression" of popular movements and sought a judicial inquiry into the violent incidents.

    The Left party, which was at the receiving end of BJP's criticism over the Nandigram police firing, hit back strongly and seized the opportunity to ask the saffron party's central leadership to take strong action against the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan.

    Observing that the BJP had promised inclusion of Gujjar community in the Scheduled Tribes list during elections, the party said "the failure of the government to deal with the matter politically has led to the violence and needless deaths in police firing."

    Referring to an earlier incident of police firing on agitating peasants and yesterday's action on Gujjars, the party said "the BJP government headed by Vasundhara Raje has become notorious for its heavy-handed police repression on popular movements".

    "The BJP leadership which hypocratically tried to exploit the Nandigram incident should take strong action against its state government," the CPI(M) Polit Bureau said in a statement here while condemning the police firing in Dausa and Bundi yesterday.

    It demanded that the state goverment order a judicial inquiry into the incidents and pay adequate compensation to the families of those who were killed in yesterday's incident.

    Fourteen people, including two policemen, were killed and 100 injured in clashes and police firing in Dausa and two other districts of Rajasthan yesterday during protests by the Gujjar community on a quota issue.


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