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Jats in Rajasthan to launch fresh agitation for OBC quota

jaipur Updated: Jun 30, 2016 21:37 IST
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Jat community members during a recent agitation in Bharatpur.(HT File Photo)

The Jats will launch a fresh agitation from July 1 demanding Other-Backward Classes (OBC) reservation, Congress legislator and Jat leader Vishvendra Singh announced in Bharatpur on Wednesday.

The decision came following an inconclusive talk between Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti patron Singh, divisional commissioner Vikas Sitaram Bhale, inspector general of police Alok Vashishtha, superintendent of police Rahul Prakash.

The superintendent of police said the district administration was alerted and preparations had been done to maintain law and order during the agitation.

Station house officer of railway police force Dinesh Soya said a company of 100 personnel had been called to Bharatpur to keep track of violence on railway tracks.

Singh said their agitation was called off on February 23 following a pact between him and social justice empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi that the OBC commission would conduct a survey on economic, social and political conditions of Jats in four months to consider their inclusion in the OBC list and withdrawal of all police cases during the agitation.

Their demands also include release of Yamuna water to the district through Gurgaon canal.

A joint Mahapadaw (peaceful agitation) of farmers and Jats was held in Jondela village of Kumher on June 23 where Singh gave the government a six-day ultimatum to either talk to them or be ready for a violent agitation from July 1.

“A pact among Rajasthan, Hariyana and Uttar Pradesh government to release 1,238 cusec of Yamuna water for Bharatpur is not being honoured. All demands are not being fulfilled so far,” Singh said.

The railway tracks and all roads passing through Bharatpur will be blocked and water and electricity supply of the district will be stopped during the agitation, he said.

Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti convenor Nem Singh said they had asked panchayats of Jats to prepare for a massive agitation. “We are ready for talks with government but a final decision will depend on Vishvendra Singh,” he said.