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:

6.00 pm:

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm
    What is this Happening in India... Are they not being able to Govern the Nation?
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      Chopra TP
      Feb 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm
      Its Congress implants trying to stir up trouble to distract the news focus away from JNU debate where Rahul hi has been Charged for Sedition of High Court Orders.
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        Chopra TP
        Feb 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm
        Looks like congress is trying to stir up trouble in Haryana to distract from the JNU debate that it is clearly loosing. They tried the same thing in Gujrat too. Now it turned out that Hardik Patel was a Congress agent who was misleading and lying to the people. Tape recording of his conversations show that he was just there to cause chaos and trouble for govt..
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          Maniktripathy
          Feb 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm
          Great showing by douche bags and if this is not "anti-national", wonder what is....
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            Logical Indian
            Feb 19, 2016 at 6:06 pm
            all the progress in India seems to be really segregated.Each time I see those visuals of arsoning and violent protests to bend the government to accept the demands ...it only seems like Some of us Indians haven't really progressed.The curfew ,damage to public property etc surely would hurt the business and the state economy .Are the jat leaders willing to pay for that?(they should be made to pay).quota system is a separate discussion but its good that these hooligans don't have any quota..
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              sanajy
              Feb 21, 2016 at 3:29 am
              Give reservations to all castes then there will be no issue
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                Shanky
                Feb 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm
                Does anyone know if the violence was indeed started by jats? According to few eyewitness it was police which entered university and started beating jat students last night and that is what led to protest becoming violent. ....... Pl don't blame jats without knowing facts....... Humble request. .....
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                  Abhijit Bhattacharya
                  Feb 19, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                  Don't ask semiliterate bhakts this type of questions. You will only get some stupid replies or abuse
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