Jat protesters threaten to march to Parliament

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarash Samiti (AIJSS) leader Yashpal Malik at a rally in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on Thursday. Jat community members have been protesting for quota in jobs and education. PTI Photo

New Delhi: All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarash Samiti (AIJSS) leader Yashpal Malik at a rally in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on Thursday. Jat community members have been protesting for quota in jobs and education. PTI Photo

The Jat agitation for quota in jobs and education reached Delhi on Thursday with thousands from the community descending at Jantar Mantar to extend support to the movement in Haryana.

Roads leading to the protest hub were packed with Jat agitators from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Punjab. The gathering gave a tough time to motorists and commuters in the nearby areas.

Police and traffic personnel were deployed at major roundabouts and roads for managing the protests.

“Jat Nyay Dharna is being held at Jantar Mantar to seek justice for the community members in Haryana and highlight our quota demand,” said Yashpal Malik, president of Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti spearheading the movement.

The community members will submit a memorandum on the quota issue to the President and the Prime Minister and take out a march to Parliament, he said.

Students of Delhi University belonging to the community also took out a protest rally from Mukherjee Nagar in North Delhi in support of the agitation.

Besides seeking quota in education and government jobs under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, Jats are demanding the release of those jailed during last year’s stir, withdrawal of cases slapped during the protest and government jobs for the kin of those killed and injured while taking part in the agitation.

As many as 30 people were killed and property worth crores was damaged at many places in Haryana during last year’s violent Jat stir.

(With inputs from PTI)