Jats to decide on stir after quota bill is brought in Haryana assembly

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2016 12:14 IST
A view of the burned down auto showroom in Rohtak, Haryana during the Jat protests for reservation in government services and educational institutions on February 23, 2016. (Hindustan Times)

The Jat organisations will meet in Rohtak on Thursday to decide on resumption of their agitation after analyzing the bill to provide reservation to the community. The Haryana government is expected to introduce the bill in assembly on Thursday afternoon.

The meeting of Jat leaders would be held under heavy security arrangement as the state government has deployed additional Central security forces in eight sensitive districts, which witnessed arson in February agitation, and have closed colleges for the next three days.

Officials said the state had sent a requisition for more than 80 companies of paramilitary forces.

“Paramilitary force has been demanded (through state Home department) from the Centre and we will get the same,” IGP, Rohtak Range, Sanjay Kumar said on Thursday.

Haryana minister Anil Vij said that the bill will be brought in the Assembly and asked the Jat community not to threaten about the stir.

The state government, which failed to contain the violence during the Jat quota agitation last month, has also sent eight police officers of the rank of inspector general and above to Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panipat, Jind, Kaithal and Bhiwani districts.

These eight districts had witnessed most violence during the February agitation in which 30 people died and hundreds were injured.

Jat organisations led by All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti are demanding quota for the community in jobs and education, withdrawal of cases registered after last month’s agitation and release of those arrested.

While the government, which is giving touches to the quota bill, has given assurance to these organisations on reservation, it is unlikely to relent on agitation-related cases.

The agitation has been seen at attempt by the dominant Jat community to usurp a non-Jat chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is also facing resistance from within BJP. Khattar, a first time MLA, is considered an RSS appointee and was being blamed for failure to contain violent Jat agitation.

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