Haryana: On Day 2, protesters seek Jat politicians’ support
After dispersing on Sunday evening, the Jat community members once again gathered at their dharna spots in larger numbers in Haryana districts to continue their protest for their demands on Monday morning. The All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), leading the agitation, said they will keep sitting for dharnas everyday till the government fulfilled all their demands.Updated: Jan 31, 2017 12:46 IST
The day two of the Jat agitation seeking reservation in central jobs and cancellation of cases against youths arrested during the last year’s violent stir saw more supporters pouring in at Jassia village on the Rohtak-Panipat highway. Taking the protests to the next level, the Jat group on Monday sought political support from Jat leaders in the government and opposition parties, although slamming “ministers in the BJP because of whom they have been labelled anti-social”.
The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), which is leading the stir, has written letters to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda, Union minister Birender Singh, BJP zila parishad chairman Balraj Kundu and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala. “It’s time they must also give support to their community,” said Raj Singh Hooda, Rohtak district president of the AIJASS.
The Congress and INLD have already announced their support to the agitation and demands of the community. Last year, during the second round of Jat agitation in June, Congress and INLD leaders had reached the dharna sites and attacked the government for violence in February.
The crowds at Jassia are expected to grow further on Wednesday, when the Jat group has announced to celebrate Chhotu Ram Jayanti. AIJASS national president Yashpal Malik is also expected to attend the function. Though facing sedition, police sources say he will not be arrested because the government does not want to add fuel to the protests.
Meanwhile, one of the protesters on hunger strike in Rohtak’s Sunariya jail on Monday got ill and had to be hospitalised.
TWO KHAPS OFFER SUPPORT IN HISAR
After getting a place to stage their dharna near the railway crossing at Ramayan village of Hisar, Jats, under the aegis of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), arranged tents, mattresses and food here on Monday.
Jats from a score of neighbouring villages reached the site to join the dharna. The protesters claimed support of two khap leaders as well.
“Balwant Singh Arya, a member of the Sarva Khap Panchayat, Choubisi Meham, and Rajmal Kajal from Kajal khap today reached the dharna sight to support our stir. The khap leaders assured us they are with us and are ready to send men and women to join our cause whenever needed,” said AIJASS spokesperson Rambhagat Malik.
AIJASS district president, Hisar, Krishan Kirmara said: “No one from the local administration has come forward to hold talks with us so far. We plan to begin hunger strike.”
Protests are also going on at designated places in Sirsa and Fatehabad districts.
JATS DEFYING ORDERS IN KAITHAL, PANIPAT
Defying ban on unlawful assembly in Panipat and Kaithal districts, Jats continued their protest for the second day. In Kaithal, they are protesting at Deoban village even as the administration has asked them to move to Jakholi village. In Panipat too, Jats have defied orders and are protesting at Ugrakheri village.
CALLING FACILITY RESUMES IN JHAJJAR
Addressing inconvenience caused to the public, the Jhajjar district administration on Monday ordered to resume calling facilities on mobile networks, though the ban on internet services continued. The administration had on Sunday imposed complete ban on mobile operations.
First Published: Jan 30, 2017 14:56 IST