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Jat quota row: 72-hour deadline ends today; Haryana seeks paramilitary forces

Rohtak: As the 72-hour deadline given by various Jat organisations to the BJP led Haryana government is set to end on Thursday, state government has sought paramilitary forces from the Centre to be deployed in sensitive areas.

“Paramilitary force has been demanded (through state Home department) from the Centre and we will get the same,” IGP, Rohtak Range, Sanjay Kumar said.
He said additional police forces also been arranged from within the state. “We have made adequate police security arrangements. We have adequate force and we are deploying it accordingly,” he said.

Jat leaders had on Monday threatened to resume their quota agitation, which rocked the state last month and claimed 30 lives, if the Manohar Lal Khattar government does not meet their demand by March 17.

The influential Jat community leaders are demanding 10% quotas, besides withdrawal of FIRs registered against the protesters, compensation to those killed during the stir and action against BJP MP from Kurukshetra Raj Kumar Saini for his anti-Jat reservation stand.

The Jat quota Bill is likely to be tabled in the Haryana Assembly today, keeping in view the deadline set by agitating Jats to meet their reservation demand, official sources said even as there was no official confirmation.

BJP has accused Congress leader and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of fanning the agitation. Hooda’s former political adviser Virender has been booked under several charges, including sedition, in connection with the violence.

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Colleges in Rohtak district of Haryana will remain closed from today following their request as it would enable students to have extended holidays. The colleges were otherwise slated to remain closed from March 20 to 27.

Haryana police was criticised for its “failure” to prevent and control violence during the Jat agitation last month, in which 30 people lost their life. The then IGP Rohtak Shrikant Jadhav was suspended by Haryana government. Several districts including Rohtak, the epicentre of Jat agitation, Jhajjar, Kaithal, Jind, Sonipat, Bhiwani had witnessed violence by arsonists and unruly mob.

With inputs from PTI

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