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Sehwag, Vijender request Jats to shun violence in quota stir

Concerned about the violence that has engulfed his home state of Haryana owing to the Jat agitation for reservation, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Sunday appealed for peace.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2016 20:27 IST
Vijender Singh belongs to the Kaluwas village in Bhiwani, which has also been severely affected by the violence during the Jat quota agitation.
Vijender Singh belongs to the Kaluwas village in Bhiwani, which has also been severely affected by the violence during the Jat quota agitation.(Getty Images)

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.

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.”

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.