The Gurgaon administration late on Sunday said the agitating Jat community has called off its stir in the district. Deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash announced that the agitation had been withdrawn in the district after a meeting with the representatives of the community late Sunday after meeting Union home minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital.
“All Jat leaders across party lines agreed to withdraw protests. All industrial establishments may start operation,” Satyaprakash said. Local Jat leaders were, however, seemingly divided over the decision. Some seconded the administration’s claim, but others said they would not withdraw the protest unless the entire community in the state takes a stand on the decision.
“We are not holding any agitation from tomorrow (Monday) in Gurgaon. We came to the decision after meeting the DC,” said Naresh Sehrawat, one of the Jat leaders present at the meeting with the deputy commissioner. “Leaders who met Home minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi have been assured that the issue of reservation would be taken up in the upcoming session of the Haryana assembly,” said Sehrawat from Sukhrali village.
Among the dissenting voice from within the community were leaders like Rishi Raj Raina and RS Rathi, who are leading the protests in Gurgaon.
Both the leaders said they did not know of any truce arrived at with the district administration and pledged to continue the stir.
“We have no knowledge of any such decision. We will not withdraw unless the community makes any state-wide announcement,” said Rishiraj Rana.
“The leaders agreed that they will approach the right forum in Chandigarh with their demands and will pursue it constitutionally,” Satyaprakash said, adding that the leaders even thanked the administration and the police authorities for not using any force to disperse the agitating community members in Gurgaon.
Despite Section 144 of the CrPC being imposed in Gurgaon, protesters demanding reservation for Jats continued to obstruct major roads and railway tracks on Sunday.
All trains on the Delhi-Jaipur route via Gurgaon were cancelled and unknown persons torched a railway ticket counter at Basai Dhankot on Saturday night.
The city will be cut off from the rail network till 12pm on Monday though the agitations demanding reservations for Jats have been called off in Gurgaon district.
The Delhi-Jaipura railway route via Gurgaon has been shut down since Saturday as the agitators obstructed the track at different places.