Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar got the first hand feel of the on- going jat agitation in the state as he was heckled as he visited the violence-hit Rohtak district to review the tense situation. The situation remained tense in some parts of Jat-dominated areas like Rohtak and Sonipat, while curfew was lifted in Jind district, even as security personnel stepped up efforts to clear the blockades put up by protesters on various state highways.
The people affected by the Jat agitation raised slogans against Khattar and also gheraoed his vehicle raising ‘murdabad’ slogans against him. The Chief Minister was shown black flags by angry residents and shop owners despite his assurance that strict action would be taken against those who damaged their properties and looted valuables. A total of 19 people have lost their lives and around 183 injured in the violent agitation so far.
National Highway 1, that connects Delhi to Ambala, and National Highway 10, which remained blocked due to protests according to media reports have been cleared for traffic now.
However, curfew is still imposed in Rohtak, Sonepat, Bhiwani and Rewari. Schools in these four districts remain closed for the third day today as the administration reviews the situation. The army continues to patrol worst-affected areas. Hisar and Kaithal districts remained tense after members of Jat and non-Jat communities headed for a clash. Army and paramilitary forces remained on high alert in both districts.
Uncertainty prevailed over the fate of the ongoing Jat agitation for reservation as the protesters continued blockades and protests at various places. The agitation has now entered its 10th day on February 24.