Army on standby, Hisar burns as Jat violence rages
Masked men brandishing sticks and swords vandalised a police post and bank in Haryana’s Hisar district and protestors set ablaze a judge’s car as the Jat agitation became more violent on Wednesday, prompting the administration to seek the army’s help. Jatinder Kohli and Devender Uppal report.Updated: Mar 08, 2012 01:39 IST
Masked men brandishing sticks and swords vandalised a police post and bank in Haryana’s Hisar district and protestors set ablaze a judge’s car as the Jat agitation became more violent on Wednesday, prompting the administration to seek the army’s help.
Wednesday’s flare-up comes a day after a Jat youngster was killed, allegedly in police firing.
The state government has called in 12 more companies of the paramilitary forces, adding to the 19 stationed in Hisar.
The issue rocked the Haryana assembly, with the ruling Congress and opposition trading charges on who was responsible for the violence.
Near Garhi village, some 40 km from Hisar, mobs smashed windows of trucks, triggering a major jam on national highway-10 in the evening. Traffic on the highway was disrupted after protestors put tree trunks on several places on the road.
Protestors have been seeking reservation in government jobs for the community in the other backward classes category and have blamed Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for “going back on promises”.
On Tuesday night, Jind district and sessions judge Raminder Jain escaped unhurt after agitating Jats stopped his official car at Mirchpur village and torched it.
This agitation has shown a pattern of reviving from time to time, resulting in deaths.
In March 2011, a person by the name Vijay Singh Karwasar (60) died during a relay fast.
In September 2010, a young person was killed in police firing when villagers on behalf of the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti attacked policemen.