Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said on Tuesday evening that the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Sangharsh Samiti (All India Jat Agitation Committee) had suspended its agitation in the state. The outfit had resorted to a violent agitation to press for reservation for Jats in state government jobs.
Hooda told mediapersons in Chandigarh that the committee had halted the agitation after talks with state government officials. The committee was given an assurance that the state would provide financial compensation of R10 lakh to the family of the youth killed in police firing on violent protestors on Monday.
Officials also promised to give one of the deceased protestor’s family members a job in the state government. “We have also registered a case against the SP, as demanded by the victim’s family,’’ Hooda said.
The chief minister said the government would give financial assistance to those injured in clashes with the police. Hooda said certain miscreants had damaged and destroyed public property in the past 24 hours and that “the Samiti had nothing to do with it”.
Regarding a job quota for Jats, Hooda said he had forwarded a representation to the central government.
Earlier, the army was called in to quell violence in Mayyar village and its adjoining areas in Hisar district. The places were also brought under curfew following a violent agitation on Monday.
The protesters, who went on a rampage on Monday, had continued their protest on Tuesday. A mob set on fire the SBI branch in Hisar Cantonment in the morning. They also set ablaze a cotton mill, besides torching two buses and damaging a petrol pump. Protesters set a generator set on fire at the Uklana railway station and thrashed security personnel who tried to stop them. They also looted several trucks parked on the roadside.