Jat quota stir: SC asks Haryana protesters for calm

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2016 22:05 IST
Jat protestors blocked the Rohtak road in Sampla on Monday, in an effort to revive protests after a brief period of calm. (Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Fresh violence was reported on Monday in Rohtak and Sonipat in Haryana as Jat protesters continued to block roads in some parts of the state, including the arterial Delhi-Ambala highway, demanding a written assurance that the community will be given reservation in jobs and education.

Live updates:

2.30 am: PIL filed in SC seeking court to step into law and order breakdown pertaining to Jat agitation

2.20 am: Caste violence in a Hansi village. Curfew imposed.

1.45 am: Major tension in Panipat and Murthal where heavy police force and army have been deployed

1.30 am: Rohtak bypass at Delhi-Bahadurgarh border chowk blocked by protesters again.

1.00 am: Freight train set on fire by protesters in Ganaur, Sonepat.

12.30 am: Fresh violence in Meham sub-division of Rohtak district. Traffic has been disrupted and the official vehicle of the sub-divisional magistrate set on fire by a mob.

11.40 am: Haryana says 400 Cusescs water will be released to Delhi by 1 pm; to reach Delhi by 5 pm.

11.30 am: Supreme Court slams Delhi govt for not talking to Haryana to sort it out and move court in the matter.

11.20 am: Munak canal won’t be operational for a week.

11.15 am: There are road blockades at few places in Rohtak, the situation is likely to improve during the day.

11am: In Rohtak, the epicentre of pro-quota Jat agitation, curfew remained in force even as there was no report of any incident of violence and arson in the last 24 hours.

“There is no major incident in the last 24 hours in Rohtak and last night was peaceful,” a senior Rohtak Police official said.

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10.30 am: Curfew lifted in Hisar, Barwala and Hansi

10.30am: Blockades at several places in Sirsa and Fatehabad have also been lifted

10 am: No untoward incident, except for the blockades, was reported in the state in the past 12-hours, police said.

8.30 am: Security forces moved in to get blockades removed from the busy NH-1 (Delhi-Ambala) and NH-10 (Delhi-Hisar). Efforts were also made to clear railway tracks on the Delhi-Ambala and Delhi-Bathinda sections.

7.50 am: The army has taken control of the strategic Munak canal from Jat quota agitators, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday, raising hopes of an end to a crippling water crisis in large parts of the Capital.

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promising to give reservation to Jats and assuring that a bill will be brought in the next session of the Haryana assembly, leaders of the community have appealed to the protesters to end the agitation.

The violence in the aftermath of the Jat agitation, which is into its ninth day on Monday, has left 11 people dead and over 150 injured.

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Thousands of people and vehicles were stranded on NH-1 as the protesters laid siege to the highway in Sonipat and Panipat districts in the past three days, cutting off road connectivity to Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh through the highway.

Nearly 800 trains were also cancelled by railway authorities in the region due to the Jat agitation.

Hundreds of shops have been vandalised and set on fire in Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and other places. A number of government and private buildings and vehicles were also set on fire in the past four days as mobs went on a rampage in over 10 districts in Haryana.

The state government had to requisition the army and para-military forces to contain the situation. However, the violent protests continued and spread to other areas of the state.

(With agency inputs)

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