Troops airlifted to Rohtak, railway station set on fire as Jat protests continue

NEW DELHI(Web Team): Looting and arson continued in the town through Friday night with mobs targeting malls, shops and other buildings and many of them were set on fire.

Army columns have been deployed at nine locations in Haryana. Photo: ANI

Army columns have been deployed at nine locations in Haryana. Photo: ANI

Army personnel were airlifted on Saturday to Haryana’s violence-ridden Rohtak town after Jat protesters dug up roads to block the entry of military units.

Looting and arson continued in the town through Friday night with mobs targeting malls, shops and other buildings and many of them were set on fire.

Indian Air Force helicopters did several sorties to transport troops into some parts of Rohtak town. The helicopters landed insides the premises of the police lines.

“Around 20-30 troops were being brought into Rohtak town by choppers. They will be deployed in areas which are under siege of the Jat protesters,” a senior officer told IANS.

Curfew was clamped in Rohtak and Bhiwani towns on Friday evening with authorities issuing shoot-at-sight orders.

Live updates:

11: 10 a.m.: A railway station in Jhajjar was set on fire by protesters.

11: 07 a.m.: Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Haryana has appealed to his citizens to maintain law and order in the State.

I appeal to all my fellow Haryanvis to maintain law & order in the State, and ensure that harmony is maintained in the society.

10: 45 a.m.:

Jats block traffic at several points in Gurgaon. City brought to standstill. @DelhiConnect @abaruah64

10: 30 a.m.: Haryana Roadways buses set on fire by protesters.

09: 48 a.m.: “Around 500 trains were affected, we had to cancel 72 trains yesterday,” says Neeraj Sharma, CPRO Northern Railways.

09: 30 a.m.: Former Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Hooda has spoken on the unrest in the State. “There have been some law and order problems due to protests in the past but never at this scale,” he said.

On Friday, the agitation that started a week ago, got even worse and resulted in the death of three people and dozens, including security personnel, injured.

The Army has been called in to eight districts — Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Hisar, Panipat, Jind and Kaithal.

The Jats are demanding reservation for the community.