Jat reservation row: Protest turns violent, Section 144 imposed

Haryana CM calls all-party meeting; schools, colleges in some areas closed till February 22.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: February 19, 2016 8:39 am
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The pro-reservation protests by Jats in Haryana turned violent on Thursday, with several people reported injured and clashes between the protesters and police personnel in Rohtak, forcing Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to convene an emergency meeting of the Cabinet in the evening.

A few vehicles, including at least one police vehicle, were damaged by the protesters in Rohtak. In the evening, the administration clamped prohibitory orders in the district by imposing Section 144 of CrPC to avert any further deterioration in law and order situation.

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Rohtak SP Shashank Anand said BSF personnel have been deployed to control the situation. “Now we have 15 companies,” he said. Deputy Commissioner, Jhajjar, Anita Yadav said schools and colleges have been closed until February 22 as a precautionary measure.

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With most national and state highways and railway tracks blocked by protesters, traffic movement in districts such as Hisar, Jind, Jhajjar, Panipat, Sonepat and Bhiwani also remained severely affected throughout the day. Protesters clashed with the police in Jind and Bhiwani as well.

The state Cabinet appealed to the protesters to call off the agitation. The Cabinet’s emergency meeting decided to convene an all-party meeting on Friday.

Khattar called up former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress and various other Opposition leaders, asking them to attend the meet. CLP leader Kiran Choudhary, state Congress president Ashok Tanwar, Leader of Opposition Abhay Chautala and Haryana Janhit Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi have also been called for Friday’s meeting .

During the Cabinet meeting, Khattar also asked the IAS officers’ committee constituted to look into the issue of Jat reservation to submit its report before the Assembly session starts on March 17.

Meanwhile, the Centre is keeping a close watch on the situation in the state, sources said. “Law and order has to be under control. It has to be done at any cost,” a senior BJP leader said. The Central government, including the Home Minister, is in touch with the CM, the leader added.

National President of All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Yashpal Malik said, “The agitation will be taken to every state. From tomorrow, protests will also begin in Faridabad, Palwal and Karnal.”

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    Maniktripathy
    Feb 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm
    Wonder when this nuisance will stop...Now every community is backward and needs reservation..dia changing, yeah for sure...
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      Sushil
      Feb 19, 2016 at 6:13 am
      JATs definitely require reservations if so many others have been given. If JATs are not given then no-one else in India should be given a quota
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        WWE
        Feb 20, 2016 at 4:04 am
        Koi reservation system hi nahi hon chahiye. Sabka reservation khatam kardo. Ek taraf to consution me kehte hai all are equal dusri taraf vote bank ke liye reservation khol diya. Muslim hamare desh me bahut jansankhya hai for b alpsankhak me gine jate hai why. Sari ki sari congress ki karistani hai. 70 saal me desh kha liya
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          Samkhya Muni
          Feb 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm
          No private investor will ever want to invest in this state, not after what happened in Manesar at Maruti plant and especially not after this. The infamous Khaps aren't doing themselves any favour either. Though it must be noted that a large section of Jat community doesn't stand with this vandalism. Reservation policy as a w needs a re-look.
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            Samkhya Muni
            Feb 19, 2016 at 5:25 am
            yeah
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              bharti vats
              Feb 20, 2016 at 7:52 am
              ye jo kr rha h jaat bhot galt bat h agar inko aarkshan chiye toh naam ka picha sb ka sb balmiki lgye or bask se obc ky sc ban jaye ya bhot galt kr rha h ya jatt es badiye wo apni cast hii chang kr lo
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                chandan verma
                Feb 19, 2016 at 8:56 am
                sabka reservation cancel karo
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                  chandan verma
                  Feb 19, 2016 at 8:58 am
                  say no to castwise reservation
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                    ramesh
                    Feb 19, 2016 at 6:33 am
                    in haryana a dominent caste which r in power from 50 years.they r only 17 percent .they had 43percent govt job in haryana .now they r want reservation haryana backward cl r 42 percent but have reseevation 27 .
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                      ramesh
                      Feb 19, 2016 at 6:37 am
                      jats r socioecnomically strong in haryana.they r dominent in haryana from last five decades.why they demands the rights of obc.if some peoples in jats r poor they can reservation on ebc
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                        panchal
                        Feb 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm
                        Your last two lines are truth of india super like
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                          Indian
                          Feb 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm
                          True when they Jats cannnot compete brains in real world they become s and fight like beggars bheek de do bhai!!!!haahaha !!! see where you community stands in global knowledge world...truth will reveal
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                            Kabir
                            Feb 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm
                            Which party promised it? They are anti national? :)
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                              Arvind
                              Feb 19, 2016 at 3:35 am
                              Wow! Is this guy from I P?
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                                Vivek Basoya
                                Feb 20, 2016 at 9:09 am
                                donot drag balmiki in between you moron. How dare you to say that valmiki are inferior in any sense that anarchy seekers use it as a le. You vats..you beggars..you brahmins..shame on you and your thinking
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                                  Mahesh
                                  Feb 19, 2016 at 7:07 am
                                  jaaton ko reservation milna chahiye
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                                    Yogesh Mehra
                                    Feb 19, 2016 at 6:50 am
                                    more than 85% of land in haryana is owned by jat community and they are all from well to do background; still they need reservation?? natural resources like land should be equally distributed among all communities after that question of reservation will be answered well... ye jamin sabki hai lekin kuchh logo ke kabje me kyu hai....???
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                                      rock n
                                      Feb 18, 2016 at 1:41 pm
                                      Great to here this news...so next time MUSLIM agitate for something and burn vehicles..i would like to see this space empty. such a Hippocratic reviewers and commentators here. Selective outrage on incidents and labeling all Muslims as traitors to nation and fundamentalist is not going to work.
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                                        Samar
                                        Feb 19, 2016 at 10:10 am
                                        Dear sangwan esme koi nhi ki jab bakio ko reservation mila hua to tumhe bi mile. Lekin eske liye aam public ko preshan krna konsa thik.... And there is RR(Rajput Rifels) that always ready to die for nation....
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                                          Nikhil Khatri
                                          Feb 20, 2016 at 11:21 am
                                          I think as i am a JAT too we should get our rights, by hook or by crook. As jatude is very common in JAT.
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                                            Raja
                                            Feb 18, 2016 at 11:34 pm
                                            Backwardness, if at all, is an attribute of an individual, not of a community. Countries in the West understood this fact, and hence surged ahead of us long ago. In the meantime, what is happening today was predicted by the redoubtable jurist Nani Palkiwalla way back during early nineties when he argued against the implementation of Mandal Commission in the Supreme Court. It took the erstwhile Soviet Union a period of 75 years to understand that socialism is a useless concept. It will take India a period of 750 years to understand that the caste-based reservation is a useless concept.
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