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Protesters released, stalemate continues in Hisar

chandigarh Updated: Mar 11, 2012 20:45 IST
Jatinder Kohli

The Haryana government on Sunday evening released all 101 Jat protesters, including a woman, in the hope that the rail and road blockades would be lifted, but the agitators have only intensified the stir.

Despite the release of the protesters on the orders of the state government, the stalemate between the government and the Jats continued. The agitation started on February 18 at Mayyar village of the district.

The agitators after their release reached Mayyar village in the district around 5.30pm. One of the released leaders Mahinder Poonia said the government ill-treated the protesters, including women, young boys and girls, on March 6. "The community has been victimised," he said.

Jogi Ram, father of Sandeep Karwasra who died in the clash on March 6, said, "My son's body will not be cremated till the government accedes to the community's demand for inclusion in the OBC list." This is the fifth day that the body of 18-year-old Karwasra, packed in a freezer box, has been lying on the Ramayana railway tracks.

His father Jogi Ram said that his son died for the community and he is a martyr.

Nearly 10,000 protesters supported him and publicly stated that they would only lift agitation until their demand for reservation is accepted by government.

After this, Jat leaders decided to hold a meeting on Monday regarding the future course of the agitation and to announce the pact between Khap panchayats and government.

The state government claimed on Saturday night that the Jat leaders had decided to call off their agitation after its representatives, chief parliamentary secretary, Dharamvir Singh and OSD to chief minister MS Chopra had held several rounds of talks with the Khap panchayats.

The government had accepted the demands of protesters to release their leaders who were arrested on March 6 in the clash between forces and protesters from various districts.

Inspector general of police (Hisar range) Arshinder Singh Chawla told Hindustan Times that police had released all 101 agitating leaders who were arrested after the clash on the orders of state government on Sunday evening.

When asked about whether cases against the arrested protesters would be withdrawn, he said that he could not reveal the status of cases and said that it was a long process involving several legal complications as they were released in judicial custody.

On other hand, representatives of Sangwan Khap Panchayat passed a verbal resolution to socially boycott Jat leader Hawa Singh Sangwan for his remarks against the community and agitators.

Head of Sangwan Khap Panchayats, Tara Chand accused that Hawa had cheated his community by saying that Jat protesters should lift their agitation. Chand further said that he has now no role in our community and he would be boycotted from the community.

In Hisar, Protesters disrupted road traffic by laying stones and trees on national highway-10 in village Mayyar. There were also reports about blockades on state and national highway roads in various districts of the state including Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Panipat, Kurkashetra, Kaithal and Palwal on Sunday.