Rail traffic hit as Jats persist with stir
Talks between the Haryana government and leaders of the Jat agitation on Tuesday failed to break the impasse over the stir at Mayyar in Hisar. With the protesters squatting on rail tracks, traffic crossing through Hisar and Bhiwani remained disrupted for the third day.chandigarh Updated: Feb 22, 2012 15:44 IST
Talks between the Haryana government and leaders of the Jat agitation on Tuesday failed to break the impasse over the stir at Mayyar in Hisar. With the protesters squatting on rail tracks, traffic crossing through Hisar and Bhiwani remained disrupted for the third day.
Jat leaders said talks with government failed again on Tuesday.
PWD minister Randeep Surjewala who met the leaders of the protesters said the talks would be resumed again. The two sides met at the Hisar aerodrome on Tuesday. Supporters of the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), who are spearheading the agitation, are demanding the release of 150 people who have been charged for arson and looting during a similar agitation in 2010.
They are also seeking reservation under the other backward classes (OBC) category in government jobs besides status of martyr to one Sunil Sheoran who was allegedly killed in police firing in 2010 stir for quota. The AIJASS are planning to intensify their protest to the other parts of Haryana and Punjab.
"We are protesting for the withdrawal of police cases against about 150 people charged for violence in the 2010 and reservation in government jobs for Jats under the OBC quota besides that martyr status for Sunil Sheoran along with the allotment of land to install his statue," AIJASS state president Dharampal Dhariwal said.
"A meeting of various khaps, namely Nain, Punia, Malik, Jaran and Bisnoda, will be held on Wednesday to chalk out the further course of action," he said.
Meanwhile, railways senior superintendent in Bhiwani RP Kaushik said eight passenger trains besides the Gorakh Dham Express between Bhiwani and Hisar and the Delhi-Bathinda Express and Delhi-Sirsa Express had been cancelled.