Jat quota stir: Situation worsens in Haryana, police requests Centre to deploy Army

One protester dead, several injured; Finance Minister's house vandalised.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: February 21, 2016 10:17 pm


Haryana has sent a requisition to the union government to deploy Army in as many as eight districts of the State to handle the escalating agitation.

“Requisition has been sent to the union government to send Army to handle the situation in the districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat, Bhiwani, Jind, Hisar and Kaithal in the state”, Haryana Director General of Police, Yash Pal Singal said.

Apart from this, the state government has also requested the union government to send 30 companies of paramilitary forces.

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

“It is hoped that all companies would be made available very soon. The Chief Minister has spoken to Defence Minister, Chief Secretary has spoken to Army Chief in this regard,” DGP Singal added.

The state government has issued orders to jam social networking sites in the state. “As and when situation would improve, facility of internet would be restored,” DGP said.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) PK Dass said that it was yet to be decided whether to impose curfew in the State or in any of its part as the government hopes that the situation shall be back to normal soon.

“In case, law and order situation is not maintained, we will consider imposing curfew”, ACS (Home) said.

In the ongoing standoff between Jats and state government of Haryana, one person died today in cross firing between Border Security Force and the protesters, disclosed Haryana’s Director General of Police (DGP), Yash Pal Singal.

“As a result of the ongoing agitation, one person has lost life as an unidentified person in the mob fired from his country made pistol which hit a jawan of the BSF in Rohtak today. Therefore, the BSF returned the fire in self defence which killed a person in the mob. Haryana Police had not fired gunshot on anyone during this incident,” Singal said while addressing mediapersons here this evening.

“In another incident first the mob attacked a Deputy Superintendent of Police and the police force at a gate of Mahrishi Dyanand University (MDU) in Rohtak took the DSP and police personnel hostages. The mob also went to circuit house and damaged the car of the DIG and police gypsy besides setting on fire a police vehicle Tavera. The mob also set on fire and vandalized the house of Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu in Rohtak,” Singal added.

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