Jat leaders hold peaceful protest in Gurgaon
Members of the Jat community held a peaceful protest adjacent to the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) near Daultabad flyover on Sunday. The demonstration lasted from 10 am to 2 pm.gurgaon Updated: Feb 19, 2017 23:21 IST
Members of the Jat community held a peaceful protest adjacent to the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) near Daultabad flyover on Sunday. The demonstration lasted from 10 am to 2 pm.
To ensure that the protest is violence-free and law and order is maintained, 50 police personnel, including women constables, were deployed at the spot equipped with protective gear.
No instance of violence, disruption to public services or police intervention was reported during the protest.
Nearly 100 members of the community assembled in a tent on a vacant plot next to the NPR also known as the Dwarka Expressway. They raised anti-government slogans and held placards demanding justice and fulfilment of their demands. The protesters also conducted a havan (fire ritual).
The demands listed by the leaders during the protest included a government job for a family member of those who died in the agitation in 2016, the cost for treatment of the injured be borne by the state government besides monetary compensation, withdrawal of all cases filed against the community in the 2016 agitation, litigation costs in the case challenging the Punjab and Haryana high court’s stay order of reservation to the Jat community be borne by the government, and enforcing reservation for the community as promised by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
“Despite repeated assurances by the state government, none of the demands have been fulfilled. Instead of adopting an aggressive approach, this year, the protest will be peaceful and also include women to give impetus to our demands being acceded,” RS Dahiya, general secretary, Jat Sangharsh Samiti said.
The development comes three days after confusion prevailed during Khattar’s meeting in Gurgaon regarding the Jat agitation. Initially, Jat leaders were allegedly part of the meeting but later it was restricted to senior BJP leaders.
The state government also released a public release clarifying the issue.
The community had conducted a similar protest at Atul Kataria Chowk on January 29.
First Published: Feb 19, 2017 23:21 IST