Rajasthan: Bharatpur burns in Jat quota fire

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur/Bharatpur
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2016 22:27 IST
Jat protesters damage a bus at Sewar. (HT photo)

The Jat agitation in Haryana spread to eastern Rajasthan on Monday, with protesters damaging two Rajasthan Roadways buses and blocking railway tracks.

Following the violence, the administration imposed prohibitory orders, with internet services in the district suspended for 24 hours.

Bharatpur district collector Ravi Jain said prohibitory orders were imposed in the district to maintain law and order, while internet services were suspended to check the spread of rumours and false information.

There were reports that the protestors had forced schools in the city to close but Jain denied it. “They are roaming around in the city and markets are closed to avert any untoward incident but schools haven’t been affected,” he said.

IG (Bharatpur Range) Alok Vashistha said additional police from Sawai Madhopur and Karauli districts were deployed in the area. Nine companies of the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary were brought in to maintain law and order.

On Monday, Jat agitators burnt a bus near the Dhormui oil depot on the Mathura-Bharatpur road. The bus was parked near the oil depot after it returned from Mathura. They damaged another bus near the Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research, Sewar, also digging up the road divider.

On Sunday evening, the protestors had removed fish plates from the Jaipur-Delhi rail route near Jaghina and blocked the Delhi-Mumbai rail route near Dhormui railway crossing, placing cement blocks on the tracks and lighting a fire.

All roads from Bharatpur leading to Alwar, Mathura and Jaipur are blocked at various places.

A police official said the protestors have blocked vehicular traffic on the Bharatpur-Alwar road and on the Jaipur-Agra national highway. “There have been road blocks at more than 30 places today,” he said.

Bharatpur-Dholpur Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti convener Nem Singh Faujdar said Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje should begin the process of including Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur in the OBC list for state government jobs. He warned that a failure to do so would result in the Bharatpur agitation becoming “more violent than the Haryana stir.”

Meanwhile, Rajasthan parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said the state government had already constituted an OBC commission and appealed to the Jat community to wait for it to complete its hearings and submit its report.

“The government has sent (former state cabinet minister) Dr Digamber Singh, who is himself a Jat, to talk to the protestors,” Rathore said.

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