Khap panchayats have decided to block all national and state highways in the state on February 15 to press for reservation to the Jat community under the Other Backward Classes category.
As per sources, leaders of 90 khap panchayats have agreed to participate in the day-long agitation on February 15, which may be extended further. Jat-dominated Jind district is being seen as the centre of the agitation this time.
Sources said Khap panchayat leaders have prepared a road map for the agitation under which 50 locations had been identified in the state where blockades would be laid from 7am. However, ambulances, milk vans and school buses would be given safe passage. Khap panchayat leaders would also appeal to shopkeepers across the state to close their businesses for the day in support of their agitation.
“Preparations are going on and representatives of different khap panchayats will monitor the agitation in their respective areas. At least 50 points have been identified to block the road traffic,” said a senior Khap leader on the condition of anonymity.
“This time we are ready to take on the government; if required, we may extend the agitation further by blocking the rail traffic also,” he added.
When contacted, national president of Sarv Jat Khap Panchayat and president of Benain Khap Nafe Singh Nain said, “Several khap leaders and Jat organisations are united to make agitation a success and this time, the government will have to accept our demand of reservation under the OBC category.”
“About 90 khap panchayats have already extended their support and several Jat organisations will join us. We are ready for the agitation,” he said.
On harassment to the people due to the blockade, he said, “The government is responsible for it. We do not want to trouble people, but the government has forced us to take this step.”
“We have decided to participate in the agitation to press the government for our demand,” said HP Singh Parihar, national president of Sanyukt Jat Aarkshan Sangharsh Samiti.
However, several khap panchayats are yet to give their nod for participation in the agitation. Bhale Ram Narwal, national president of Narwal Khap, said, “We have called a meeting on February 14 at Karnal to take a decision.”
To deal with the situation, sources in the police said the gover nment had sought a report on preparedness. Jind SP Abhishek Jorwal said the police were collecting information about the proposed agitation.