Quota row: Haryana govt to hold talks with Jat leaders today

  • ANI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2016 11:47 IST
Members of the Jat community hold a meeting at Jat Bhawan in Rohtak. (Manoj Dhaka/HT File Photo)

The Haryana government will hold talks with Jat leaders in Chandigarh on Friday after the community threatened another upheaval.

According to reports, the leaders will meet Haryana chief secretary and director general of police.

Various Jat organisations had, on Monday, threatened to resume their quota agitation if the Haryana government didn’t meet their demands by Thursday.

Security has been stepped up in the state, with Haryana home secretary saying the administration has called 100 companies of paramilitary forces to tackle any untoward situation.

Centre has also rushed 3,000 personnel of paramilitary forces to guard the Munak canal, which supplies water to the national capital, as it was breached during the Jat agitation.

The All India Jat Aarakshan Sanghursh Samiti president said the state government must bring a bill in the ongoing Assembly session to ensure reservation for Jats.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has assured that the government will table the bill in the House soon.

State finance minister, captain Abhimanyu, said at a press conference in Chandigarh that the government is working on the bill.

When asked about the expiry of ultimatum, he said the district administration has been given power to register cases under National Security Act against the miscreants. He warned that arson will not be tolerated. The Jat agitation claimed 30 lives in February.

Meanwhile, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s aide, Professor Virender Singh, who was booked for sedition, criminal conspiracy and inciting violence during the agitation, was arrested on Thursday.

The Rohtak Police said Singh will be produced before a court and his custodial interrogation will be sought.

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