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Jats continue to agitate despite government claims

Another meeting would be held on Monday. Jatinder Kohli reports.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2012 21:47 IST
Jatinder Kohli
Jatinder Kohli
Hindustan Times
Jatinder Kohli,Hisar,Other Backward Class

The tall claims of state government that Jats have decided to call off their agitation proved flat as agitating Jat protestors remained adamant on their demand of reservation in government jobs and educational institutions under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category and refused to lift blockades on roads and railway tracks.

Despite the release of around 101 arrested Jat leaders including one woman on Sunday evening on the orders of state government, there was no breakthrough in the unending agitation which started on February 18 at Mayyar village of district.

After getting released from Hisar Jail, all 101 agitators reached the epicentre of agitation around 5-30pm. One of the leaders, Mahinder Poonia, said that government and administration had badly treated their people including men, women, young boys, girls and children by enforcing lathicharge on March 6.

"We (community) have been victimised every time," he said.

Jogi Ram, father of 18-year old Sandeep Karwasra, who died during clashes on March 6, announced that he would not conduct cremation of Sandeep's body till the government did not give reservation to the entire Jat community.
Ram said that his son died for the community and he was like a martyr.

Nearly ten thousand protestors supported him and publicly stated that they would not lift agitation till their demand of reservation is not accepted by government.

After this, Jat leaders decided to hold a meeting on Monday regarding the future course of agitation and to annouce the pact between Khap panchayats and government.

The state government claimed on Saturday night that the agitating Jat leaders had decided to call off their agitation after the representatives, chief parliamentary secretary, Dharamvir Singh and OSD to chief minister MS Chopra held several rounds of talks with the Khap panchayats.

The government had accepted that demands of protestors to release their leaders who were arrested on March 6 during clash between forces and protestors from various districts.

When asked about that whether cases would be withdrawn from arrested agitators, Inspector General of Police (Hisar Range), Arshinder Singh Chawla said to Hindustan Times that he could not reveal the status of cases in which the Jats were arrested and said that it was a long process including several legal complications as they were in sent in judicial custody.

On the other hand, representatives of Sangwan Khap Panchayat passed a verbal resolution against Jat leader Hawa Singh Sangwan of his socially boycott for his remarks against the community and agitators. Head of Sangwan Khap Panchayats, Tara Chand accused that Hawa had cheated his community by saying that Jat protestors should lift their agitation. Chand further said that he has now no role in our community and he would face boycott in community.

In Hisar, protestors disrupted road traffic by lying stones or trees on national highway-10 in village Mayyar.

However there were also reports about blockades of state and national highway roads in various districts including Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Panipat, Kurkashetra, Kaithal and Palwal on Sunday.

First Published: Mar 11, 2012 21:45 IST