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Rajasthan plans crisis management cell to tackle violence


Jaipur : The Rajasthan government has decided to set up a crisis management cell to deal with incidents of violent protests like the recent Gujjar unrest in which at least 25 people had died and hundreds injured.

"A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday," officials told IANS here Sunday.

"The cell would prepare a strategy to deal with violent protests and demonstrations in the state," they said.

The meeting attended by ministers and senior state government officials was called to assess the impact of May 29-June 4 caste clashes that paralysed the state with Gujjars agitating for Schedule Tribe status to get better opportunities in employment and education.

Gujjars, who comprise 4-7 percent of Rajasthan's 56 million population, belong to the other backward caste (OBC) category.

Meanwhile, officials warned that the number of arrests should be minimal regarding the cases filed during the Gujjar protests. Else, the situation could again turn violent, sources said.