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Gujjars split over supporting Hardik Patel

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New Delhi: Fissures emerged in the Gujjar community in Delhi over extending support to Patel community leader Hardik Patel.

hardik-patel-thumbHardik Patel, who conducted a huge rally on August 25th in Ahmedabad for Patel community’s inclusion in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category quota, arrived here on Sunday at the invitation of Kurmi and Gujjar, which organized a meet at the Gujjar Bhavan in Kotla village.

As Patel began his speech, a scuffle broke out between Rajendra Mavi Gujjar, who voiced his objection to the Gujjar community leaders sharing dais with Hardik Patel, who supported reservation for Jats, and other members of the Gujjar community.

Rajendra Mavi Gujjar is the national president of Akhil Bharatiya Gujjar Mahasangh.

“The same Gujjars who approached the Supreme Court opposing the reservation of Jats in the Supreme Court, how can they now share the dais with Hardik Patel, who supports reservation for Jats,” asked Rajendra Mavi Gujjar.

“Most of the Gujjars have gathered here seeing the media reports without having any knowledge what is going to happen here,” he added.

“There is a very powerful force behind the agitation and protests in Gujarat. How is it possible that the Patels, who are running the government in Gujarat, are organizing such protests? How are the Patels agitating against the Patels? How are they killing their own people, burning the houses of the Patels,” he asked.

After a brief scuffle, Rajendra Mavi Gujjar was taken out of the venue and Hardik Patel finally managed to deliver his speech for almost 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, another Gujjar community leader Nathu Singh, a member of Inquilab Vikas Dal, however, said there was some misconception and there was no question of supporting Jats because they don’t belong to the OBC category.

“Hardik Patel came here on my invitation and we wholly support him and will also take his support. I know he’ll not support Jat reservation,” said Singh.

“We will agitate if reservation is not given to us. Why can’t let OBCs get reservation as, according to their population, the Gujjars, Kurmis, Patidar are one and we will have to unite,” he added.

(with inputs from IANS)

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India: Asiatic Lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests to Have Radio Collars Fitted Around their Necks

A radio collar is a wide band of machine-belting fitted with a small radio transmitter and battery

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Asiatic Lions, Gujarat, Gir Forests
Since June 11 up to now more than 25 representative lions of as many prides have been fitted with radio collar devices imported from Germany. Pixabay

The rare Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests and surrounding regions will have radio collars fitted around their necks this month, similar to the lions of the African savannah and the Serengeti.

According to Chief Conservator of Forests in Junagadh D.T. Vasavada, since June 11 up to now more than 25 representative lions of as many prides have been fitted with radio collar devices imported from Germany.

A radio collar is a wide band of machine-belting fitted with a small radio transmitter and battery. The transmitter emits a signal at a specific frequency that can be tracked from up to five kilometres away.

When trying to locate a particular collared lion, the researcher dials the appropriate frequency and drives while listening for the beep signal. A directional antenna is mounted on top of the vehicle, and once the signal is detected, the researcher simply drives in the direction where the signal is loudest.

Asiatic Lions, Gujarat, Gir Forests
The rare Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests and surrounding regions will have radio collars fitted around their necks this month. PIxabay

“This will help the forest department in monitoring of the group’s movement, research, knowing the territory of the animal and other details. From Sasan, a high tech monitoring unit will monitor their activities. A total of 75 radio collars have been imported from Germany for the purpose,” he added.

Vasavada said as all the members of a pride of lions normally remain within a distance of around half to one kilometer of one another, the location of the representative beast would in fact give the location of an entire pride.

Representatives of the entire lion landscape in and around Gir in Saurashtra region of Gujarat spread in the five districts of Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad would be radio collared in around a month’s time.

According to the last lion census of 2015, there were 523 male, female and lion cubs in the Gujarat forests.

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During floods and other calamities and spread of diseases, the radio collars would be a big help for forest teams. The radio collars would also be helpful in letting the lion trackers know if any group of lions was close to the railway tracks or roads. (IANS)