Haryana jat quota protest takes violent turn, 3 killed, shoot-at-sight orders in 2 districts

State Finance Minister’s house, MLA’s office set on fire, private ‘gunhouse’ looted; Army called in, curfew imposed.

Written by Abantika Ghosh , Khushboo Sandhu | Rohtak | Updated: February 21, 2016 10:07 pm
Jat quota, haryana jat quota, jat quota stir, haryana violence, rohtak violence, shoot at singh haryana, haryana jat violence, haryana minister attacked, haryana news, jat quota news Protesters clash with security personnel in Rohtak on Friday. Gajendra Yadav.

The ongoing Jat quota agitation in Haryana took a violent turn on Friday as three protesters were reportedly killed in clashes with security personnel — police confirmed that at least one person was killed in firing by BSF personnel.

By evening, shoot-at-sight orders were issued in Rohtak and Bhiwani and curfew was imposed in both these districts as well as Jhajjar. The army was called in and Section 144 was imposed in at least six districts of the state.

Watch Video: Army flag marches after Jat agitators turned violent

The Centre rushed paramilitary forces as rampaging mobs held some policemen captive and set ablaze the house of Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu, BJP MLA Maneesh Grover’s office and several government and private properties in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Hansi and several other parts of the state.

Visuals Of The Jat Agitation, Rapid Action Force & Central Reserve Police Force

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Over 70 vehicles were torched in Rohtak and Bhiwani. Late in the evening, there were reports that a few protesters had looted a private “gunhouse” in Rohtak and decamped with arms and ammunition.

Violent clashes were also seen in parts of Jind, Hisar, Karnal, Kaithal, Panipat and Sonepat. Despite mobile internet and SMS services being blocked since early on Friday morning, armed protesters went on a rampage as word spread about “many casualties”.

Two of the dead have been identified as Ajay, 20, of Gaddi Kheri village, and Harinder, 22, of Dhanana village in Rohtak, The third victim is yet to be identified. Over 20 people, both protesters and security personnel, have been injured — at least two are reported to be critical.

Watch Video: Haryana Government should resolve Jat quota row quickly, says Hooda

“One person lost his life as the BSF personnel returned fire after an unidentified person in the mob fired from his countrymade pistol, hitting a BSF constable in Rohtak,” said Haryana DGP Yash Pal Singal.

“In another incident, the mob attacked a DSP and police personnel at the gate of the Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak, and took them hostage. The mob also damaged the DIG’s vehicle. They set fire to Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu’s house in Rohtak, and vandalised it,” he said.

In Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met in the evening to take stock of the situation. A decision was taken to put additional central forces on standby.

“Requisition was sent to the union government to send Army to handle the situation in the districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panipat, Bhiwani, Jind, Hisar and Kaithal,” said Singal. The state government has also asked for 30 companies of paramilitary forces.

The state government has issued orders for blocking all social networking sites. “As and when the situation improves, these will be restored,” said the DGP.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had called an all-party meeting in Chandigarh to discuss the Jats’ demand for inclusion in the Other Backward Castes (OBC) category. After the hour-long meeting, leaders of all political parties issued appeals asking protesters to maintain peace and harmony. But the appeals failed to pacify the protesters.

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First Published on: February 20, 2016 4:35 am
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    Bharat
    Feb 20, 2016 at 5:34 am
    Congress mother fuh kers are responsible for all these caste based,minority reservations ban Congress from India , ki tara maaro Rahul Khan hi ko aur Sonia begum ko ,these are the real traitors of India
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      Bharat
      Feb 20, 2016 at 5:38 am
      People like you are the real traitors of India who sold their soul for funds from missionaries , have you no shame ? Go suck pappu's dik
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        Ajit
        Feb 20, 2016 at 7:09 am
        Bas ab to ya Jaton ko reservation milega yaa is desh ki dhari se reservation mitega. ..
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          Amit Garg
          Feb 20, 2016 at 9:10 am
          Sab ko arankhan do nahi to band karo. Cast ke hisab se job ya admission to band hone chahiye. Not in favor vo this todfod but arankhan band hona chahiye
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            Chandrashekhar Deshpande
            Feb 20, 2016 at 12:29 am
            The First thing the Income Tax Department is to start raids on the houses and establishments of all so called Jat Leaders who have had immense monies from illegal means and ways .The agitation should be delt as anti nation agitation and also the Government of the Day should put an independant commission which will examine the monies supplied by the businessman tilted to congress party.
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              Dev
              Feb 20, 2016 at 3:23 am
              After Education they need for job then for promotion and who is not free ? Do you know who were Jats 100 Year back? They made Green Revolution possible by Sheer Hard work and now Half of Haryana Agriculture LAND is took by MNC and govt and they are not able to feed themselves just on agriculture. When Jat were producing Grain everybody was happy and only when they also want to join Service Sector you people start Yelling.
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                Dev
                Feb 20, 2016 at 3:29 am
                Why not all neta, Sharad Yadav, Ram bilas Paswan, Mayawati, Raj Kumar Saini, Lalu Yadav, Nitish Yadav, and all these Yadavs . Half of Ministers are Yadav and they are in OBC group and no body Cares but why Jat. they are not rich only hard working Farmers Dear.
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                  SK Gupta
                  Feb 20, 2016 at 12:26 am
                  The Congress is spending it's I'll gotten money on destabilizing the country. It has become an anti national party under Sonia and Rahul. It's time the sycophants in the party woke up and the party kicked them out !!
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                    JanJagran
                    Feb 20, 2016 at 11:09 am
                    Sabhi Jat Zimidaro se zimidari cheen ke garibo me barbar baant do aur phir arkshan hato.
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                      jagar
                      Feb 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm
                      Only officer cadre is free from caste requirement.It was same under British.Only new regiments have mixed numbers.
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                        jagar
                        Feb 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                        Only officer level is free But the battalions keep the original caste character.It was the same under British.Only new regiments are mixed.
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                          kumbh
                          Feb 21, 2016 at 4:49 am
                          this is what happens when the potion of illiterate people go beyond the potion of literate people. when china is building world cl infrastructure (in almost all areas), making innovations in science and technology surping western technologies, the indians are in the midst of a 19th century caste war. there is an easy method to end this. give the army shoot to kill rights as in an emergency, and this will end within a short period of time.
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                            Manu USA
                            Feb 20, 2016 at 12:45 am
                            Everyone ago get reservation, based on potion. Or no one, all based on verified income.
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                              madan gupta
                              Feb 20, 2016 at 3:43 am
                              इस लीडरों को फँसी दो. यह आरक्षण की आग लीडरों ने अपने स्वार्थ के लिए लगाई थी. पासवान, लालू, नितेश, माया, मुलायम और चंद लोगों को आरक्षण का लाभ हुआ. आरक्षण केवल १० साल के लिए था. परन्तु इन लीडरों ने इस का बार बार विस्तार कर देश का नाश कर दिया. आरक्षण का लाभ एक आदमी को जीवान में केवल एक बार मिलना चाहिए. आर्मी और कचहरी में भी आरक्षण लागू करो और फिर मज़ा देखो. एक दिन में आर्मी बाघी हो सकती है. फिर इन लीडरों को घर से निकाल निकाल कर मारेगी.
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                                madan gupta
                                Feb 20, 2016 at 3:51 am
                                शूट लीडर एट साईट . गाय भेंस चराने वाले मोटर में घूम रहे हैं, ा उठाने वाले मंत्री हैं. होनहार सडक पर झाड़ू लगा रहे हैं. निजी क्षेत्र में भी आरक्षण लागू करो ताकि विदेशी कंपनिया जल्दी भारत छोड़ जाएँ और दुबारा भारत की ओर मुंह ना करें.
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                                  k 4329
                                  Feb 20, 2016 at 12:10 am
                                  At least they are not anti India.
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                                    priyanshu mandal
                                    Feb 20, 2016 at 5:55 am
                                    jo bhi haii , jo b chal ra hai...,, commenting isnt a good option, agar kuch krna hai toh field pe utar kar karoo...... faltu k cmmntss..
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                                      manohar@gmail
                                      Feb 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm
                                      BJP Leaders, Ministers and even PM Modi were advocating for Jats Reservation till 1-2 years ago shouting that Reservation is right of Jats. BJP got votes with these promises but forgot after coming to power. Now on seeing all reminders and requests (to BJP Govts) going in vein, Jats have been indirectly forced (by opportunist ruling leaders) to come to roads. If our matured leaders/ministers and even PM Modi (then also CM of a rich state) were irresponsible and selfish in advocating Jat Reservation; then How one can now expect responsible behavior from these poor people and jobless youths who now feel cheated by the ruling cl. I see only 2 amicable solutions out of the situation:- 1. Make reservation 100% and include ALL cles/religions/castes/sects/persons into it. 2. Give reservation to those whom ruling leaders have already promised AND STOP making false Reservation promises/advocacies in future. Jai Hind!
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                                        manohar@gmail
                                        Feb 20, 2016 at 6:36 pm
                                        Corporate Government of Communal Party is responsible for Burning a peaceful and Happening Haryana!
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                                          manohar@gmail
                                          Feb 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm
                                          Not 3 Sir! As per local residents, 100 civilians (24 from FRI bullets only) have been killed so far by security forces' bullets in Rohtak and Jhajjar Cities only! Media has been banned to report from Rohtak. So that airdropped Army can suppress agitators with firepower? I have never seen such fire in my lifetime in this otherwise peaceful state. I urge Modi and RSS Must come out immediately to resolve Issue politically (even if it requires putting Jats in OBC List).. Otherwise If more firepower is used, then Haryana (surrounds Delhi) may become another Punjab!!
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                                            Miss Sonal
                                            Feb 20, 2016 at 9:46 am
                                            Some readers are pointing finger on Jat community as a w. For their information Jat Regiments already taking care of the borders and Siachen . Just understand reservation is never for creamy layer hence only weaker section in Jats will be benefited. In fact all persons not in creamy layer of All Casts should be included or reservation should be abolished. This community which solely depends on agriculture possess limited land now. You will find in villages that most of the people have land holding less than an acre. Young boys are not even getting married due to financial constraints and girls not getting desired match. Life is not soo easy for majority of the persons from this community. I am of the opinion that financially weaker can be given advantage for their livelihood.
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