15 Gurgaon villages threaten to go on protest against Jats

  • Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2016 23:28 IST
Protesters demanding reservation for Jats block roads at Maharana Pratap Chowk in Gurgaon on Saturday. (Abinav Saha/HT Photo)

As violent protests by Jats demanding quota in education and jobs spread across Haryana, representatives of 15 villages adjoining Gurgaon on Saturday threatened to go on a stir against the demonstrators, if the government fails to control them.

Jats have been protesting across the state for the past eight days, demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutes under the other backward communities (OBC) quota.

The villages passed a resolution in a panchayat and vowed to stop the Jats from damaging public property.

“We do not have problem with their (Jats’) agitation as long as they do it peacefully. But they have taken to violence and we have to do something to stop it, more so because the police have failed to do so,” Sunderlal, head of Sikanderpur village, told the media in Gurgaon.

The villagers, who are not from the Jat community, said Jats do not need reservation.

“Who says they are poor? Many of them drive expensive cars and own mansions,” Harjas, the head of Rampuri village, said.

The other villages that supported the resolution are Nakhdola, Manesar, Shikohpur and Tikla.

“We can also take up sticks, if need be,” Sombeer, from Manesar, said.

Villagers said the agitating Jats should be made to compensate for the property they have damaged and they should be booked for anti-national activities.

Members of Akhil Bharatiya Jat Samaj, led by Col OP Sandhu, issued an appeal for maintaining peace.

Col Sandhu claimed that some people with vested interests were maligning the Jats by indulging in violence in the name of protest.

“We have been demanding inclusion of Jats in reservation. But indulging in violence is no solution. We know how an MP is orchestrating violence. He should be dealt with seriously,” he alleged.

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