Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla dies after prolonged illness

Gujjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla died after prolonged illness in a hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan. His son Vijay Bainsla confirmed this. Kirori Singh Bainsla was 85 years old.

 Kirori Singh Bainsla’s son Vijay told that, “He asked us for some water at around 5.30 pm and then he went to sleep. But after that he did not get up. We tried cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and even took him to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

Kirori Singh Bainsla retired as a colonel in the Indian Army. In the year 2007, Bainsla led a massive agitation demanding the categorization of the Gujjar community as a Scheduled Tribe and reservation in government jobs for the Gujjar community. To fulfill this demand, he had blocked rail and road in Rajasthan. During that time, about 70 people died in police firing in the protests. It was Bainsla who gave a new edge and identity to the Gurjar movement. Recently, he handed over the command of Gurjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti to his son Vijay Bainsla.

A retired colonel from the Indian Army, Bainsla had served the country for nearly three decades. He was also a part of wars against Pakistan and China in 1962, 1965 and 1971 before raising the issue of his community. Kirori Bainsla, a resident of Mundiya village, about 30 km from Hindaun City, has a daughter and three sons.

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