[Assam] More from Rajasthan/ ToI - sock of mud
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Sun Jun 3 11:33:27 EDT 2007
It is interesting that this so-called general is fighting to get easy berth ---no much of a rock is he? Why isn't he now in prison for inciting terror?
Chan Mahanta <cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:
*** The question that arises in my mind, is HOW the Maharani and her minions found the time or the need to want to meet with the Gujjars NOW, while she did not when the disaffections were brewing?
Maybe Ram has an answer :-).
The latest news is that : National Security Act imposed in Rajasthan.
Under the National Security Act, the District Magistrate can order arrest without a warrant.
That is desi-demokrasy in its best! !
'Rock of Gibraltar' leading protest
1 Jun, 2007 l 0239 hrs ISTlPrakash Bhandari/TIMES NEWS NETWORK
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JAIPUR: If the Gujjar agitation is being conducted with a modicum of military precision, it's because the chief strategist of the protests is a retired Army colonel, who, his supporters say, has the qualities of a general.
Col Kirori Singh Baisala rose from the ranks in the Army, from a lowly sepoy, and is known for his rigidity and commitment, as was seen when Gujjar mobs across the state attacked Rajasthan police in coordinated waves, completely overwhelming them.
"Let hundred people die. But we are clear in our objectives. We have suffered enough and would not go back until we get the ST status," he said. Since Monday, he has been sitting with the bodies of six people killed in the police firing in Pipalkehra village, his native place.
In the Army, he was called the 'Rock of Gibraltar' by his officers when he was a jawan.
When the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje, sent her emissary to invite him to Jaipur and and hold a meeting with her, he
said , "Maharaniji ko kah dijiye ki pahle ek chithi de dein jisme vachan dein ki sarkar hamein ST status dene ke liye recommend karti hai, phir meeting mein aoonga (Tell the Maharani to give a letter promising
ST status, then I'll come to the meeting)."
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