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Police chief axed over India riots.

JAIPUR: A top police chief has been sacked in India over his handling of the ongoing jobs protest in which at least 42 people have been killed. Director General of Police A S Gill has been removed by the government in the north-western state of Rajasthan that was upset over the officer's handling of the Gujjars, who have been agitating for the past nine days demanding privileges based on the country's caste-based reservation policy.

K S Bains, Special Director General (anti-corruption bureau), has taken over the charge.

Home Department sources said the administration was upset over Gill's handling of the Gujjars' who have been agitating for the past nine days demanding Scheduled Tribes status.

"I think it is quite natural for him to take the step after the incidents of deaths," Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said when asked about the move.

Gill was not available for comments. Department sources said Gill had failed to control the clashes between agitators and policemen.

Meanwhile, a Gujjar organisation yesterday demanded the resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

The All India Gujjar Sangharsh Samiti, which held a protest, asked the government to pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to relatives of those who were killed in "police firing" during the agitation in that state.

Tension still prevails in parts of Rajasthan as the Gujjars continue to agitate by blocking road and rail traffic.

* The Gujjars demand to be listed under the Scheduled Tirbes category.

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Date:Jun 11, 2008
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