The Jat agitation demanding OBC quota reservations entered day 10 on Tuesday with several blockades being cleared on highways. Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar will visit Rohtak, one of the worst affected towns by the agitation, following which he will head to the national capital to meet a high-powered government panel on the issue.
Nearly 20 people died in the protests that injured more than 180 people and damaged both public and private property. The Haryana government announced full compensation for property damage as well as an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to families of those killed.
The state government also decided to immediately assess the role of all civil and police personnel involved for any discrepancy during the agitation in a state cabinet meeting chaired by Khattar on Monday.
The BJP-led Haryana government has been struggling to contain the agitation which intensified over the week, even offering to bring the bill declaring Jats and four other castes under other backward classes in the assembly. However Jat leaders rejected the proposal claiming it was ineffectual and instead demanded that an ordinance be passed first.
Khattar has been appealing to protesters to maintain law and order and call off the agitation, saying the state government was ready to hear their demands.
“No one will be benefited by damaging public property. I urge everyone not to be swayed by unfounded rumours and maintain peace in the state,” he said.
Khattar, along with state agriculture minister OP Dhankar and state finance minister Captain Abhimanyu, will tour Rohtak before meeting with a BJP-appointed committee headed by Union Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu to discuss further action.