Jat stir: Roads blocked, thousands from various states gather at Jantar Mantar
Jats from several states including Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are participating in the demonstration
Thousands of people from the Jat community gathered at Janta Mantar on Thursday in New Delhi as part of their protest demanding reservation in jobs and educational institutions.
Jats from several states including Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are participating in the demonstration.
The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti resumed their protest from January 29. The stir has been so far contained in Haryana but AIJASS has been deliberating with the BJP government in the state.
The Jat community on Wednesday decided to start a non-cooperation movement, saying they will not pay electricity and water bills and also loans they owe the government.
They are also demanding the release of those jailed during last year's stir, withdrawal of cases against them, and government jobs to relatives of those killed and injured during the protests.
“Around 4,000 police personnel will be deployed around the city. The Jat protesters will not be stopped on the border and they will be allowed to reach Jantar Mantar. They have assured us of a peaceful, non-violent rally,” Hindustan Times quoted a senior officer as saying.
The protest at Delhi is considered as part of their strategy to force the Centre to take legal procedure.