One killed in BSF firing during Jat protests in Rohtak

NEW DELHI(PTI): Curfew has been imposed on Friday in Rohtak and Bhiwani city limits and Army has been rushed there in view of worsening situation in view of the Jat community protests, an government spokesperson told PTI. Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued in the curfew-bound areas.

Protestors run during an agitation by Jat community members demanding reservation, in Rohtak on Friday.

Protestors run during an agitation by Jat community members demanding reservation, in Rohtak on Friday.

He also added that Army units were also being rushed from Jaipur for deployment in other worst-affected areas of the State.

The Army will assist the civil administration in restoring peace and law and order which worsened today shortly after an all party meeting here where an appeal was made for maintaining peace.

Two senior civil and police officers — Principal Secretary (Home) A.K. Singh and ADGP of Haryana Police B.S. Sandhu — have been rushed to Rohtak to coordinate with the army and the civil administration to restore normalcy.

Even as the Haryana government agreed to enact a law to provide reservation to Jats under the Special Backward Category, their agitation in Rohtak took a violent turn on Friday afternoon.

One person was killed and 21 others were injured when security personnel opened fire on a group of protestors.

Haryana DGP Y.P. Singhal told media in Chandigarh that the Army has been called in, in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat, Jind, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Hisar districts.

“The government has asked the Army to be called in eight districts. The request has been sent (by the government). The Chief Secretary has spoken to the Army chief. The Chief Minister has spoken to Defence Minister (Manohar Parrikar). The effort is to deploy the Army as soon as possible to control the situation,” the DGP told the media.

He said that a leader-less mob of the Jat community was moving around in Rohtak town and resorting to violence.

He said that someone from the protestors fired at a Border Security Force jawan in Rohtak town.

“One person from mob fired on BSF personnel with a country-made weapon. The BSF fired in self defence and one person was killed. The mob is not allowing the injured BSF jawan to be shifted to hospital. We are trying to rescue him,” the DGP said.

The DGP said that a mob attacked a Haryana DSP and other policemen near the Maharishi Dayanand University gate. He said that the officer and other policemen were held captive in a nearby agro-mall and more forces had to be sent to rescue them.

“A leader-less mob is moving through Rohtak town. They came near the Circuit House and damaged the vehicle of the DIG, two police Gypsys and set on fire a police Tavera vehicle,” Mr. Singhal said.

“As per inputs, the mob is moving towards the Police Lines and we are trying to stop them,” the DGP said, adding that three companies of paramilitary forces were already stationed and 20 more companies would be deployed in Haryana soon.

The DGP appealed to the protestors to end the blockades on the roads and railway tracks.

The protestors who had gathered at the Rohtak byepass road of Delhi-Hissar National Highway turned violent and allegedly attacked police vehicles which were parked there in which window panes were damaged, officials said.

The residence of Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanyu was also attacked, police said. A car parked outside the house was also set on fire by the mob which pelted stones on the house besides attempting to set it on fire, police said.

Seeing the situation going out of control, security personnel opened fire in which one person was killed and around 21 others were injured, police said.

“There is one death of an unidentified person because of (suspected) bullet injuries,” said authorities of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science & Hospital.

The protestors also attacked the office of the Rohtak range IG and damaged vehicles and smashing wind shields of several Haryana Roadways buses.

Internet and mobile SMS services have already been suspended by the authorities in several districts of Haryana to prevent spread of communally-sensitive messages.

The Jats, which comprise almost 25 per cent of the total population of the State, have been agitating for the past four days blocking roads in the State seeking reservation in government jobs and educational institutions under the Other Backwards Category.

At least 20 people were injured in clashes between Jats and non-Jats in Rohtak, the epicentre of protests, on Thursday even as police and paramilitary forces resorted to lathi-charge and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the warring groups, which pelted stones on each other as well as the police.

Normal life has been badly hit in the State in view of agitation, which has spread to more parts of Haryana, including Gurgaon, after talks between the community leaders and government failed to break the deadlock. The worst hit being the Jat-dominated Rohtak-Jhajjar region besides Bhiwani, Sonipat, Jind and Hisar.

situation with Jats agitating over reservation issue going on rampage there.

Disruptions caused by the ongoing Jat quota stir have caused a loss of Rs. 200 crore to the railways as the schedules of more than 600 passenger and freight trains were hit, a railway ministry official said.

(With agency inputs)

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