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Jat agitation eases as over 100 protesters released

india Updated: Mar 11, 2012 23:34 IST
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Over 100 people, who were arrested during a Jat agitation for job reservation under the OBC quota, were released on Sunday. The stir, meanwhile, showed signs of easing.

Community leaders, however, said they have not yet called off their protests, and a final decision will be taken soon.

The courts in Hisar and Tohana on Sunday ordered the release of 74 and 29 Jat protesters respectively. They were arrested on charges of arson and violence during the over three-week-long agitation.

However, police investigation and collection of evidence against the accused would continue, sources said, adding that the cases have not been withdrawn.

Though road blockades in many areas were lifted early on Sunday, they were put up again by afternoon. Leaders of the community said the stir has not been withdrawn, and the final decision will be taken at Mayar panchayat after the cremation of Sandeep, who was killed in clashes between protesters and security personnel on March 6.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was supposed to meet the protesters, did not turn up due to official reasons.