Agitation in Haryana claims 3 lives; army has been deployed


Haryana: In Haryana, one more person was killed by the mob Friday night, taking the toll to three in agitation called over the Jat quota issue. Mob also set ablaze a shopping mall during the night despite curfew. Army could not reach Friday night as all roads were blocked. But, now the troops have started landing through Helicopters and being deployed.

The Indian Army was deployed today in nine districts of Haryan and a curfew was imposed in two other districts. The curfew has been tagged with shoot-at-sight orders. Violence in the state claimed the life of one protestor and 25 were injured. The Jat community in Haryana are protesting for reservations which turned violent with mobs  resorting to widespread arson.

The Centre also rushed 1,000 personnel of paramilitary forces as rampaging mobs held some policemen captive besides setting ablaze the house of state’s Finance Minister Abhimanyu and several government and private properties in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Hansi and several other parts of the state.

The agitationists, who are seeking reservation under Economically Backward Classes, also targeted police and private vehicles, buildings housing offices, including two Toll Plazas at Hansi in Hissar district and near Rohtak, both located on the Delhi-Hisar-Fazilka National Highway.

Since the situation was going out of control, army has been called in for deployment in eight worst-affected districts — Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Bhiwani, Hissar, Kaithal, Panipat and Sonipat, the state police chief said.