Jat reservation agitation continues in Haryana, protesters threaten to intensify stir after Feb 19
Three days ago, a meeting between representatives of a Haryana government-appointed committee and leaders of the Jat agitation remained inconclusive.
As Jat agitation in Haryana seeking reservation in education and government jobs among other demands, enters its 17th day today, leaders from the community have threatened to intensify the stir after February 19 if their demands were not met immediately.
“Our protests are held in all the districts of Haryana and it is spilt over to Bawana village in Delhi today,” Yashpal Malik, president of the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), told Press Trust of India.
Three days ago, a meeting between representatives of a Haryana government-appointed committee and leaders of the Jat agitation remained inconclusive. As the result, sit-ins and dharnas are continuing in many areas across the state.
Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Ram Niwas, who is part of the government-appointed committee of senior officers, said that the government is closely monitoring the situation, PTI reported.
“The situation so far has remained peaceful”, Ram Niwas said.
The demands of the Jats include reservation in education and government jobs under the other Backwards classes, the release of those jailed during last year’s agitation, withdrawal of cases slapped during the protest and government jobs for the kin of those killed and injured while taking part in the stir.
During the fresh round of the Jat agitation, the protesters have been staging dharnas at various places in the state amid elaborate security arrangements like paramilitary forces who have been deployed in sensitive areas and the state police who are maintaining a strict vigil.
Thirty people were killed and property worth crores of rupees were damaged at many places in Haryana during last year’s Jat stir which had turned violent.