Haryana issued shoot-at-sight order in Rohtak and Bhiwani after the Jat agitation entered its sixth day of protests on Friday, even though the state government said it will introduce a bill declaring Jats and four other castes as backward communities on Friday.
Two people were killed and 18 injured in Rohtak after police clashed with Jat protesters as the army was deployed to manage the law and order situation. A curfew was also imposed in Haryana while mobile internet services were discontinued through Friday morning.
Meanwhile, members of 35 communities waged violent counter-protests opposing reservation for Jats under the OBS category.
The Jat community has mounted similar protests on multiple occasions since 2010 -- including instances when they blocked some rail links to Delhi and protests turned fatal.
Here’s how the events unfolded: