Jats to block Delhi-Ambala route
Agitating Jats on Monday threatened to block the Delhi-Ambala rail route if their demand for reservation in Central government jobs under the OBC category was not met by March 25.india Updated: Mar 21, 2011 19:00 IST
Agitating Jats on Monday threatened to block the Delhi-Ambala rail route if their demand for reservation in Central government jobs under the OBC category was not met by March 25.
They also threatened to cut off the national capital from the rest of North India in the next phase of their stir if the demand was not fulfilled by March 28.
These decisions were taken taken at a meeting of top Jat leaders here as a huge posse of policemen stood guard at the venue.
If the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre did not accept their demand by March 25, Jats would lay siege to the Delhi-Ambala route, community leaders Santosh Dahiya and Dharmpa Chhot told mediapersons here.
The blockade of the route will mean disruption of rail services to Amritsar and Pathankot in Punjab, Jammu in J and K, Una in Himachal Pradesh and the Chandigarh Union Territory.
"If the UPA government does not announce the quota for Jats by March 28, then Delhi will be cut off from the rest of North India.
"No water from Yamuna, no petroleum products like LPG from the Panipat Refinery and no milk and vegetables will be allowed to enter the national capital," the two leaders said.
Later, the Jats, led by Dahiya, President of the Women Cell of the All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, and Chhot, AIJAS Vice President, torched the effigy of the UPA government near the Maharana Partap Chowk here.
Recently, the protesters squatted on 12 rail lines in Haryana for over two weeks affecting train services on several routes including Jind-Hisar, Hisar-Jakhhal, Jaipur-Hisar and Delhi-Rohtak.
The Jats in UP had lifted their fortnight-long blockade of rail tracks following an Allahabad High Court order.
The impasse, however, persisted with a crucial meeting between the protesters and the Central government failing to find an amicable solution to the their demand.