Jats set to relaunch stir from Sept 13

Demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions,the Jats in Haryana are set to relaunch their agitation against the state and Union government from September 13

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 8, 2014 2:52 pm

Demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions,the Jats in Haryana are set to relaunch their agitation against the state and Union government from September 13.

The Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) has been spearheading the agitation in Haryana,Delhi and other neighbouring states. ABJASS’s Delhi president,Mangeram Tewatia,said they will hold a meeting at Mayyar in Hisar district on September 13 and launch a nationwide agitation.

Last year,a member of the Jat community was killed in Mayyar in a clash between Haryana Police and locals protesting against the state government. “On September 13,we will hold a meeting in Mayyar and a large number of Jats will participate in it. We will block all road and rail routes to Delhi,if the governments fail to accept our demands by then,” Tewatia said.

From September 13,Jat organisations plan to launch their agitation simultaneously in Haryana,Jammu and Kashmir,Punjab,Uttar Pradesh,Rajasthan and New Delhi. Besides the main demand for reservation,they also want state governments to withdraw the criminal cases registered against them for participating in previous agitations.

“We have been raising our demands at all platforms — be it the Centre or state governments,we have been requesting them to grant us reservation. If the governments fail to accept our demands,we will continue our agitations till we achieve our goal,” said Yashpal Malik,a senior Jat leader.

Last month,a large number of Jats from New Delhi,Haryana,Jammu and Kashmir,Punjab,Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan had held a protest in Delhi. They were lathicharged and 87 protesters sustained injuries. At least three Jat protesters have died in the last three years during protests for reservation.

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