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Rohtak colleges to remain closed from March 17-19, says Deputy Commissioner

To a question whether the move had anything to do with Jat leaders threatening to resume their stir if the state government does not meet their demands for quota by March 17, DC said, "Nowhere does my order mention anything like that."

By: PTI | Chandigarh |
Updated: March 16, 2016 7:13:30 pm

Colleges in Rohtak district of Haryana will remain closed from tomorrow following their request as it would enable students to have extended holidays, an official said today.

The colleges were otherwise slated to remain closed from March 20 to 27.

Newly-appointed Deputy Commissioner Atul Kumar said principals, registrars and management officials of various colleges in Rohtak met him today and requested that they be given permission to close the institutes from tomorrow.

To a question whether the move had anything to do with Jat leaders threatening to resume their stir if the state government does not meet their demands for quota by March 17, he shot back, “Nowhere does my order mention anything like that.”

“It was a simple request from these colleges and they reasoned that many students were living in hostels. Besides some others had not been able to visit their homes during the period when unrest was on,” Kumar said.

“They stated the colleges are supposed to have holidays between March 20 to 27 and if they get a few additional days, it will help the students,” he said.

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“We have accepted the request of these colleges. The decision has nothing to do with law and order situation,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

“However, schools are open and there is no such order for them. Board examinations are going on as usual. Moreover, we have also said that pre-scheduled programmes/urgent functions, which are to take place in colleges during the period, will go on as usual,” Kumar said.

He said the situation in Rohtak, which had remained the epicentre of the Jat agitation, was peaceful and normal and there is no order under Section 144, banning assembly of five or more persons.

Higher Education Director Vikas Yadav said there was no specific orders from the education department for closing schools and colleges in the state.

“At district level, if some DC has taken a decision I can’t say about it,” he said.

Jat community leaders are demanding 10 per cent quota, besides withdrawal of FIRs registered against the protesters, compensation to those killed during the stir and action against BJP MP from Kurukshetra, Raj Kumar Saini for his alleged anti-Jat reservation stand.

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