Jat agitation: 1 killed, 9 injured in police firing; army called in

Rohtak: Authorities in Haryana called in the army in a few districts, including Rohtak, on Friday evening after the agitation by Jat protestors turned violent.

Haryana DGP Y.P. Singhal told the media here that the army has been called in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Bhiwani and Hisar districts.

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

He said that someone from the protestors fired at Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Rohtak town

Jat agitation: 1 killed, 9 injured in police firing; army called in

One person was killed and 9 injured in police firing in Rohtak district after Jat agitation demanding reservation in jobs and educational institutions turned violent. The agitators set on fire state minister Captain Abhimanyu’s house and also pelted stones on IG office.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday appealed to agitators to maintain law and order and a peaceful atmosphere in the state while chairing an all party meet to discuss the ongoing Jats reservation strike in Jhajjar and Rohtak.

“We appeal everyone to maintain peace and harmony in Haryana and also open roads which have been blocked due to agitation,” Khattar told media here.

Jat leaders refused to withdraw their agitation till a legislation is passed giving quota to the community under OBC even as the authorities in the worst-affected district suspended Internet and mobile SMS services due to the stir which has disrupted rail and road traffic.

The protesters accused Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar of resisting their demand as he was “not from the community” even as the state government called an all-party meeting to end the impasse.

Internet and mobile SMS services have been suspended indefinitely by authorities in Rohtak district

“Internet and SMS services have been suspended till further orders in Rohtak,” Rohtak SP Shashank Anand said today.

The decision has been taken “to maintain law and order” in the district, he said.

However, he said mobile services will continue in the district.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has called an all-party meeting here today to discuss Jats’ demands.

Normal life has been badly hit because of the ongoing Jat agitation which has spread to more parts of the state after talks between the community leaders and the government failed to break the deadlock.

The protests have disrupted road and rail traffic with the worst hit being the Rohtak-Jhajjar region, the epicentre of the protests, besides Bhiwani, Sonipat and Hisar.

The protesters, who have rejected Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s offer of enhancing quota for economically backward classes, also set up road blockade at many places in Panipat, which also affected movement of vehicles towards Uttar Pradesh