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Jat protesters lift rail, road blockades in Haryana

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who reached Rohtak for the first time after the widespread violence, faced protests and was forced to retreat and leave for Delhi.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: February 24, 2016 7:29:17 am
Jat Sitting on railway track in Mayar in District Hisar in Haryana during protest for reservation on Saturday, February 13 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh Jat Sitting on railway track in Mayar in District Hisar in Haryana during protest for reservation on Saturday, February 13 2016. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh

There was relative calm in Haryana for the first time in 10 days after Jat protesters demanding reservation withdrew from the highways and railway tracks. In certain areas, armed forces forcibly dispersed the protesters. The forces were on alert through the day to foil clashes between Jats and non-Jats in the affected districts.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who reached Rohtak for the first time after the widespread violence, faced protests and was forced to retreat and leave for Delhi.

Nineteen people were killed and nearly 200 injured in the nine days when Jats held Haryana to ransom.

Traffic was finally restored on NH1 that was shut for almost three days. The situation also improved on NH-10 (Delhi-Hisar stretch), especially near Sampla town in Rohtak, which was blocked for more than five days. Armed forces and state police cleared the blockades from many places. The India-Pakistan train and bus service that go via Haryana are likely to resume operations on Thursday.

Jats also withdrew from railway tracks in Mayyar that remained blocked for nine days. The Munak canal was secured by the armed forces and repair work initiated. Curfew remained imposed in various parts of the affected areas.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court asked Haryana government to submit a status report on the agitation by Monday.

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