Jat agitation spreads to Gurgaon as protesters block major roads

Rashtriya Jat Mahasabha spokesperson Paramjit Pawadia said the blockade was indefinite and would continue till their demand for reservation was met.

Written by Sandali Tiwari | New Delhi | Updated: February 21, 2016 10:11 pm
Jat agitation, Gurgaon, Delhi, Haryana, reservation, violence, JAt reservation, OBC quota, OBC reservation, JAT OBC, Gurgaon blocked Major roads blocked by agitators included Sohna Road and Daultabad flyover, among others. Manoj Kumar

The agitation by the Jat community — for reservation in government jobs and educational institutes under the Other Backwards Classes (OBC) category — spread to Gurgaon Friday, with protesters blocking all major intersections and several roads, bringing the city to a halt.

Blocked roads included Sohna Road, Daultabad flyover, Dhanwapur level crossing, Bajghera level crossing, Sector 5 road near Gyandeep School, Subhash Chowk, Chaudhary Bakhtawar Chowk, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Dhankot, Basai and Gurgaon Gaon.

Rashtriya Jat Mahasabha spokesperson Paramjit Pawadia said the blockade was indefinite and would continue till their demand for reservation was met. “While the Congress government provided reservation to Jats under the OBC category, the apex court struck it down because the present day BJP government did not want to give reservation to the Jats. It is our right and we will not give up till our demand is met,” he said. However, he said it would be a peaceful agitation.

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

The situation worsened around noon. Several schools asked parents to come pick up their children. “Severe traffic jam on Sohna Road. Bus routes S-8, S-11, S-14 will not be able to ply. The kids are retained in the school. Parents may pick up these kids from school,” read a message from The Heritage School.

The Gurgaon traffic control room received numerous calls from commuters, who said they had been waiting for nearly two hours on the blocked roads.

The Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road and roads near IFFCO Chowk and HUDA City Centre Metro stations were also blocked.

The situation on National Highway-8 and DLF Cyber Hub, which houses many IT companies, also remained tense throughout the day.
“Personnel from the Crime Branch, police commissioner’s office and other offices have been deployed across the city to maintain law and order,” said Gurgaon Police spokesperson ACP Hawa Singh.

Gurgaon DC T L Satyaprakash said, “As a matter of caution, the district administration requests all schools to consider closing down.”

Delhi Police on alert; water supply in city to take a hit

Delhi Police have beefed up security, anticipating the Jat quota agitation to spread to the capital. Sources said police have received several calls from different areas about groups gathering in connection with the agitation in Haryana. ADCP (outer) Pankaj Kumar Singh said, “We are on alert and keeping a tab on the situation. The staff, specially on the border areas, have been asked to increase their vigil.”

Water supply to many parts of the city is likely to take a hit as protesters have blocked the Munak canal. Plants likely to be severely affected are the ones at Dwarka, Bawana, Nangloi, Haiderpur and Okhla.

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    Baba Akshay
    Feb 20, 2016 at 2:57 am
    Hate these Jats
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    anuragsingh
    Feb 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm
    aggitation is not justified, as common man is suffering. Let the landlords jatt comunity, return their ancestral lands and get the quota with every cl they are comparing with. let us know the people's percentage purchased land after independence. majority of the people got it as an ancestral property on which they are enjoying lifestyle's till date with agricultural lands. and now they want quota system for them. we know them as an brave community let it be like that, don't spoil the image of this community. behave as an indian. jai hind.
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    anuragsingh
    Feb 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm
    Very well said Amit, this is just a mussle power which they showed. would have been a better if this could gone peacefully. My sympathy with people lost their life. Sad n disheartened.
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    Deepti Khosla
    Feb 21, 2016 at 5:45 am
    Do you think, A community which is capable enough for the stagnation of the economical , political and social sphere of a state really needs reservation, Lets say, if reservation is given after such a agitation, Wouldn't it open the Pandora's box for the future. After this scale of turmoil by a single caste, Would not it led to the paramountcy of this caste on other castes in normal law and order Breach, in future? all bases of reservation is now become an old chestnut, how about no reservation at all, (There has been a limitless example of students clearing PMT, IAS, JEE and other top notch examination with no resources at all) if not economical basis is most viable.
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    dong
    Feb 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm
    ur sister dosent
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    Vishnu Bhat
    Feb 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm
    Wish to see how the BJP govt handles this - they pounced on JNU like a bunch of hungry wolves.
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    Jat
    Feb 20, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    Jats will get what they deserve. down Modi down.
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    Jaydeep Sodhi
    Feb 22, 2016 at 5:21 am
    Well said Rajesh. Posting a message to unite Brahmans to form a so called community to fight unjustly for something which is against the integrity of India as a united nation. Such a mentality is the root cause to create reasons for unrest in our country. You ask for reservations of Pundits and on one hand Jats have already been playing there part of coercively getting the reservation. Why can't you all be just Indians and live with equal rights and stop asking for special leverages for your own community. Being a Sikh people like me can also ask for Sikh quoto as we are a minority group and consute just less then 2% of the total potion. The deserving one can prove himself/herself and there should be no need for any whatsoever quota. India is one nation and everyone should be Indian and not count them as Brahmans, jats, so called high casts or whatever.
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