Jat quota stir: Police open fire in Rohtak as protesters refuse to withdraw stir

Jat 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.

By: Express Web Desk | Chandigarh | Updated: February 21, 2016 10:20 pm
jat, jat protest, jat reservation, jat quota, jat quota stir, jat khattar, haryana jat, haryana news, haryana protests, india news Jat community members clash with other community members during their agitation for reservation in Rohtak on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

Haryana Police on Friday opened fire to disperse a mob in Rohtak after Jat leaders refused to withdraw their agitation till a legislation is passed giving quota to the community under OBC. Several rounds were also fired outside Maharshi Dayanand University.

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.

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

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Normal life has been severely affected in various parts of Haryana with the agitation affecting supplies of essential commodities like milk, vegetables, LPG and petroleum products in several parts of the state including Rohtak, Jind, Bhiwani, Sonepat and Hisar. More than 56 trains have been disrupted across Haryana and bus service also badly affected.

trains List of trains cancelled.

Internet and mobile SMS services have been suspended indefinitely by authorities in Rohtak district in the wake of the protests by Jat community which is demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions under OBC category.

The agitators, who have rejected Khattar’s offer of enhancing quota for economically backward classes, blocked several roads in Panipat affecting vehicluar movement to Uttar Pradesh.

trains1 List of trains cancelled.

Haryana Roadways suspended its bus services on many affected routes in view of the agitation.

The administration has imposed prohibitory orders in the entire Rohtak district, banning assembly of five or more persons.

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 Jat leaders showed no signs of relenting and claimed that they will seek “support” from the community leaders from Uttar Pradesh.

“We are not going to withdraw our agitation till our demand is met. We will intensify our agitation in other parts of the state, including Panchkula and Yamunanagar,” All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti’s national president, Yashapal Malik, said.

“We want BJP government in Haryana to bring a legislation in the upcoming budget session to include Jats in OBC category. They should bring a law in the Assembly with regard to Jat reservation and get it passed,” he said.

“All political parties including Congress, BJP and INLD are in support of our demand. Only Haryana CM has problem in giving reservation to Jats,” he said.

Malik accused Khattar of having “casteist mentality” as he did not belong to the community.

“Khattar has ‘jatiwadi mansikta’ (casteist mentality) because he is not a Jat. He is trying to prove himself as a leader of non-Jat people in the state by way of not giving reservation to Jats as was done by former Haryana CM Bhajan Lal in the past.

“His (Khattar) stand is against party line. The problem in Haryana today arose because of his mentality,” Malik alleged.

Malik said that Rajasthan and Maharashtra governments had brought legislations in their respective assemblies to grant reservation to Gujjars and Marathas respectively.

Meanwhile, the order for the suspension of mobile Internet and SMS services indefinitely in Rohtak were issued by Rohtak Deputy Commissioner D K Behera in the wake of Jat agitation spreading in the district.

The order said it is feared that anti-social elements are spreading provoking pictures through Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and SMS which could further disturb the law and order situation in the district.

However, mobile services will continue in the district.

Meanwhile, Khattar today called an all-party meeting here today to discuss Jats’ demands and how to end their agitation.

Haryana Cabinet yesterday had appealed to the agitators to call off their protest in the larger interest of the state.

Protesting Jat and Khap leaders had already rejected the state government’s offer which had announced enhancement of the reservation quota under EBC and the annual income ceiling from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.

It had also announced an enhancement of the quota of reservation for Economically Backward Classes in the state from 10 to 20 per cent but the community remained adamant about their demand for reservation under OBC category.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Alok tiwari
    Feb 19, 2016 at 10:51 am
    lol..demanding reservation on the basis of your caste and calling the cm casteist. This nation is going to dogs because of beggars like you
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      Aditya
      Feb 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm
      these all jaat re jaat 16 duni 8..
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        Observer
        Feb 19, 2016 at 12:17 pm
        This CM seems completely inexperienced. Haryana is being ruined
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          arc
          Feb 19, 2016 at 12:01 pm
          Is the CM from kachchar community? Happens when you monkey with Vedic genetics to crossbreed gaumata with Mohan bhagwat.
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            arc
            Feb 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm
            Ram Tulla's pet monkey's tail on fire.
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            1. अशोक.गोविंद.शहा
              Feb 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm
              vande mataram-SEnce less delibrate uprising for reservation being prompted by disgrace 420 corrupt elements they have no budiness left to negotiate. those asking for reservatoon did not deserve as their community compairing others are much better place ja g te r ho
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                Dr Gautam
                Feb 19, 2016 at 11:42 am
                Soon unreserved quota will be 10% and then they will ask for reservation?? End of merit in india,reserve army,pvt sector,pm post ,president,even GOD and GODDESS!!?
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                  jagar
                  Feb 19, 2016 at 11:11 am
                  This happens when you offer different things to different people.Now reap the whirlwind.
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                    Kabir
                    Feb 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                    some of your caste members promised it to get to the power.
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                      kamath Ramesh
                      Feb 19, 2016 at 10:59 am
                      Govt can add Jats under reservation. But the total percentage of reservation should not be increased. Among the number of seats under reservation if anybody want to join the band wagon should be allowed to join. Let them compete in those seats
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                        Baba
                        Feb 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                        Sabko reservation de do..... koi jhanjhat hi nahi rahega......
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                          Arjit
                          Feb 20, 2016 at 7:13 am
                          Mr. Chillar,I am not an expert on caste matters but still am guessing you are a jaat. those people, whom you so proudly call yours were never in Jaat regiment because of reservation but because of their dedication and skills. Even mother nature doesn't give you an aarakshan in any condition, if you feel so proud of yourself then please do something so that next generation remembers you for your contribution to the society or at the very least what you did for your own family and not for the malls which were looted and buses which were burnt . The destro property also belonged to every haryana citizen and not the non jaats only. after this settles down, you will have a few less schools, shops, malls and buses and its not going to hurt anyone else but your people. You will not need to tarnish your image alongwith your region and your people of you understand what you are asking for and what is on the offer. btw, if you are guessing, I am a brahmin, given that there are many people from my caste who are quite prominent in their fields but that benefits there family and not mine. I am not an achiever and not as finacially sound as many of my jaat friends are , given the reality boom in your state. but it feels against my culture to bow down and beg. I learnt skills which help me earn and live with pride, 'Legally'. nobody stops anyone from going to school or colleges. study and write your own destiny rather than begging for reservation, if you want to fight then please fight for equality and equal opportunities for everyone.
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                            Manjeet Chhillar
                            Feb 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm
                            Agar English nahi aati to Hindi mein comment karo. Aur apne Stats thik karo.
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                              Manjeet Chhillar
                              Feb 24, 2016 at 10:22 am
                              Tum brahmin ho na. Bahut aacha kaam karti hai tumari community. Hazaro karor ki property mandiro mein jama karke rakhte ho. Daan lete ho tax-free. Main yaha community-community khelne na aaya. Maine individually kya kiya hai, tumhe batao? School khola hua hai, bahadurgarh mein, aur brahmino ke sath sath bahut se dusre bache bhi aate hain. Padhne ke liye. Cheejo ka pata na ho to chup raho.
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                                Tanmoy Kar
                                Feb 19, 2016 at 1:09 pm
                                The time has come to abolish quota system step by step, all opposition parties will object, as they have nothing better to do, but it has to be done for sure.
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                                  Citizen
                                  Feb 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm
                                  Governaments worth their salt are there to protect the law abiding citizens and not cause any inconvenience to these guys for their lively hood and routine by hooligans. Uniformed people are maintained by the tax payers money only to enforce this and maintain a peaceful society. They should be given to use reasonable force to do their job Jaihind
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                                    V. Ramaswami
                                    Feb 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                                    Please prosecute and punish those who destro public property using video and photographic evidence. This type of destruction and violence has to stop if the nation is to move forward.
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                                      yousef
                                      Feb 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm
                                      Patel Maratha Gajjar Mena Jat Muslim Rajput must be given 50% reservation. Backward is forward and forward is backward.
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