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Jat agitation: Talks fail again,protest to intensify from today

Talks between Jat protesters and the Haryana government failed for the third consecutive day on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Hisar | Published: February 22, 2012 1:14:00 am

Talks between Jat protesters and the Haryana government failed for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. The four-hour meeting between state Cabinet minister Randeep Singh Surjewala and representatives of All India Jat Aarakshan Samiti failed,as both sides refused to budge from their stand.

As a result,rail traffic disruption continued with the Jats threatening to further intensify their agitation. “The government is playing delaying tactics with us. We are not going to bow to the government’s fake assurances anymore. The agitation is being intensified and we will launch it in a major way in Jammu and Kashmir,Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh from tomorrow,” said Yashpal Malik,president of All India Jat Aarakshan Samiti.

He added: “Jats have started camping along the sides of the rail tracks. Very soon,if the government fails to listen to our demands,we will completely block the tracks.” The Jats are demanding immediate withdrawal of criminal cases registered against them on charges of carrying out agitations in the past and reservation quota in government jobs.

Addressing mediapersons,Randeep Surjewala said,“It is the government’s responsibility to hear the voice of people. The Jats have put forward their demands,which we have heard patiently. The talks may resume again. We have appealed to the senior leaders of the Jat Samiti not to resort to violence. They have assured us that no such incident will take place.”

While the state government is trying to pacify the protesters,the Jats appear in no mood to listen. “This government has always betrayed the community. We will not move from the tracks unless the government accept each and every demand raised by the Jat Samiti,” said Nafe Singh,president of Nain Khaps in Haryana.

Meanwhile,hundreds of protesters are camping on both sides of the rail track near Mayyar railway station in Hisar. They have also stocked hundreds of mats and quilts as well as milk and ration.

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