Jat quota stir: Army called in, shoot at sight orders in Rohtak, Bhiwani

The agitation has affected over 550 trains services, according to the Railways. Passenger trains going from Delhi to Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu have been affected.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 21, 2016 10:18 pm
Jat community members torch a motorcyle during their agitation for reservation in Rohtak on Thursday. (PTI Photo) Jat community members torch a motorcyle during their agitation for reservation in Rohtak on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

The Army was called in on Friday in eight districts of Haryana after one person was killed and 21 injured in police action as the Jat protest for quota turned violent and the rampaging mobs set ablaze the state finance minister’s house besides several government and private properties.

Protesters also took some police personnel captive besides going on a rampage at many places including Rohtak, Jhajjar and Hansi, targeting police and private vehicles, buildings housing offices, including two toll plazas at Hansi in Hisar district and near Rohtak, both located on the Delhi-Hisar-Fazilka National Highway.
The agitation, which has been going on for last few days, escalated and turned violent soon after an all-party meeting held by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar issued an appeal for calling it off. Khattar gave an assurance that a solution will be worked out to extend reservation to the community.

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

One protestor was killed in Rohtak when the BSF personnel opened fire in “self-defence” after someone from the mob fired at and injured a BSF constable, Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal told a press conference in Chandigarh. Since the situation was going out of control, the army has been called in for deployment in eight worst-affected districts — Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Bhiwani, Hissar, Kaithal, Panipat and Sonipat, the state police chief said.

About 20 companies of central paramilitary forces (CPMF) have been sought from the Centre, police said.

Today, for the first time, the rail and road traffic on the Delhi Ambala National Highway and mainline railway route was also blocked by protesters at various places including in Sonipat district. A number of trainshave been cancelled.

READ: Police open fire in Rohtak as protesters refuse to withdraw agitation

Highlights:

11. 30 pm: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, EAM Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hold a review meeting on the Jat Reservation crisis. NSA Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi were also present in the meeting.

10.20 pm:RN Mall in Rohtak, Haryana set on fire by protesters.

10.00 pm: Protesters loot armoury in Rohtak, Haryana.

9.30 pm: Another personsuccumbed to injuries in the protesters-police clash in Rohtak. Harinder, resident of Dhanana village succumbed to injuries in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak. Police officials disclosed that atleast 70 vehicles were burnt by the protestors in Rohtak and Bhiwani today. The casualties could increase as over two dozen protesters and police personnel got injured in the day long clashes.

9.10 pm: We cannot resolve a problem using violence. Need to reach solution through talks: Rajnath Singh.

8.45 pm: Shoot-at-sight orders issued in Rohtak and Bhiwani.

8.00 pm: I appeal to leaders and workers of all political parties to not politicise this and help keep the peace: Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Hooda.

7.50 pm: Curfew imposed in Rohtak and Bhiwani in Haryana.

7.40 pm:

7.10 pm:

7.00 pm: Haryana sends requisition to Centre to deploy army in the state. Situation worsening in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panipat, Bhiwani, Hisar and Jind.

6.30 pm:

6.15 pm:

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