Jats hold protest march in Kurukshetra
Coming out in open support of the ongoing protests by Jats in different districts of Haryana, the women's wing of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti organised a protest march here on Saturday.
Led by the samiti's national president (women's wing) Dr Santosh Dahiya, a large number of both men and women from the community blocked road near Birla temple for about an hour.
The protesters burnt an effigy of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for his "indifference to the demands of Jats". No untoward incident was however reported during the protest.
Similarly, Jats gathered at Israna in Panipat district and protested near the Gohana-Rohtak link railway track. But reports said that no attempt to disrupt rail traffic was made by the protesters.
Sensing the gravity of the situation, the district administrations of Kurukshetra and Panipat had deployed a posse of policemen in the districts.
Jats from Kurukshetra, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Karnal and other districts as also their womenfolk gathered at Jat dharamshala in the morning to express solidarity with protesting community members in Hisar, Jind and Fatehabad.
Dr Dahiya told Hindustan Times that the samiti wanted immediate release of Jat leaders from police custody. The protesters remained non-violent but police tried to crush them and arrested innocent persons, she claimed.
"It was an unfortunate incident where a youth died after the police used batons and opened fire on the protesters. We want the accused policemen be booked under murder charges and release of all those arrested under false cases in Hisar," she said.