In pics | After brief period of calm, Jat protesters revive agitation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2016 14:41 IST
Jat protestors occupied the Rohtak Road in Sampla in an effort to revive the protests after a brief period of calm. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Members of the Jat community revived protests across Haryana as demonstrators continued to block railway tracks and arterial roads on Monday, despite the BJP-led state government’s promise to introduce a bill to provide OBC status and set up a panel to examine demands for reservation in central government jobs.

The Rohtak bypass at the Delhi-Bahadurgarh border intersection was blocked again and a freight train was set on fire by protesters in Ganaur, Sonepat.

Fresh violence was also reported from Rohtak district and the vehicle of the sub-divisional magistrate set on fire by a mob.

Authorities had earlier lifted curfew in two towns -- Kaithal and Kalayat after a brief period of calm. It was, however, revoked as reports of fresh violence poured in.

The Jat agitation, which runs into its ninth day on Monday, has left 11 people dead and over 150 injured. The army has been deployed to control the deteriorating law and order situation in Haryana.

Protesters blocked highways in Haryana to continue their demand for reservation under the OBC category. Curfew has not been lifted from Rohtak, epicentre of the Jat quota agitation. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Protestors sit on the Rohtak road in Sampla, adversely affecting any vehicular movement. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Traffic was disrupted in Rohtak district and the sub-divisional magistrate’s vehicle was set on fire by a mob on Monday. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Army personnel get down from a helicopter at Police Lines in Rohtak on Sunday. The Indian Army was called in to control law and order situation in Haryana. (Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)

Jat community members protest demanding reservation, in Bahadurgarh. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Protesters run some with sticks during a quota protest in Rohtak, 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of New Delhi. (AP Photo)

Indian Army and security personnel patrol following fatal protests in Rohtak. (AFP Photo)

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