Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag and professional boxer Vijender Singh on Sunday appealed to Jat protesters, who have been rampaging in Haryana demanding job reservation for the community, to shun violence.
“The country’s defence forces, the sports world and others have made the country proud. We must concentrate and use our energies towards the upliftment of Indian society,” the famous Jat cricketer tweeted on a day when the protests continued for the eighth day.
देश की सेना और खेल जगत और ना जाने कितनी चीज़ों में देश का नाम ऊँचा किया है। हमारा जोश देश के भले लिए इस्तेमाल होना चाहिए।— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 21, 2016
He requested his fellow community-members to stop violence and said demands should be put forth in a constitutional manner. He added: “We are the protectors and not violators.”
सभी भाइयों से मेरी विनती है की हिंसा त्याग दो और जिसकी जो भी माँग हो वो संवैधानिक तरीक़े से रखो। हम रक्षक हैं, हिंसक नहीं।— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 21, 2016
Vijender, who is gearing up to fight his fourth professional bout on March 12 in Liverpool, posted a video message on his Twitter page to plead for calm.
“I appeal to my Jat brothers to maintain peace and brotherhood in Haryana. It is absolutely essential for us, our families, our state and our country,” Vijender said.
The 30-year-old belongs to the Kaluwas village in Bhiwani, which has also been severely affected by the violence during the agitation.
Jats are demanding reservation and despite various leaders, including the Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, appealing to them to maintain peace, there was no let up in the protests which have disrupted normal life in Rohtak, Jind, Jhajjar, Sonipat and Hisar.