Jat community members in Delhi have joined the ongoing jat agitation in Haryana by blocking several roads in Delhi- Haryana borders.
Protesters blocked entry points at Sindhu border, Nangloi-Bahadurgarh Road, Karnal road, Tikari, Jharoda and Madhuban Chowk in outer Delhi, creating major traffic jam. Police said the situation was being brought under control.
“Several companies of Delhi Police have been deployed in Najafgarh and adjoining areas and we are trying to bring the situation under control,” said DCP (south west) RA Sanjeev.
Despite political attempts made by both Haryana government and centre, situation in Haryana continues to remain tense. The incidents of violence and arson are crippling the normal life Rohtak, Jind, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Hisar districts.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called Jat and Khap panchayat leaders for talks at his residence on Sunday to discuss their demand for reservation in jobs.
“I appeal everyone to maintain peace so that no unfortunate incident takes place. I will meet some people. I think some solution will be found, ” said the Union Home Minister in Dlehi.
Haryana DGP YP Singhal addressed the media in Chandigarh and said situation has comparatively improved. He said that Haryana government has registered cases against 191 agitators.
“There have been 10 causalities and around 150 got injured, ” said YP Singhal
Protesters set on fire an ATM on Saturday and burnt official records of a cooperative bank in Loharu of Bhiwani district.
As violence and loot spread to several parts of the state, the Haryana government has sought additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force and more Army columns to control the situation.
15 companies of India Reserve Battalion, three companies of paramilitary forces and two columns of Army have already been deployed.
“10 companies of paramilitary forces have reached and 23 more companies are on their way,” said YP Singhal, Haryana DGP
Curfew continues in Rohtak, Bhiwani , Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Hansi, Sonipat , Gohana towns of Sonipat districts. Jat stirr hit the road and rail traffic resulting in cancellation of 700 trains of north central railway delaying 1000 trains.
Protestors have set seven stations in Jhajjar, Buddha Khera, Julana and Pillu Kheda on fire. Carmaker Maruti Suzuki India has suspended operations Gurgaon and Manesar plants after its component supplies have been hit.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar appealed the protesting jats to “return to their homes as the Government has accepted their demands”.
Jat leaders refused to call off the pro-quota agitation unless the government promulgated an ordinance to include the community in the OBC category.
“First of all they should give reservation to jats in haryana. We are protesting peacefully, government should not talk to us nor their representatives,” Jat leader Vikal Pachar told reporters in Sirsa.
A delegation of community leaders from Uttar Pradesh met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Feb 20th and urged him to take urgent steps to fulfil their demands on reservation.
The delegation urged the Home Minister to ensure that justice is given to the community by the BJP government in Haryana and the NDA government at the Centre.
Meanwhile former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda began indefinite hunger strike in Delhi, for harmony in Haryana.
Congress senior leader Digvijay Singh also appeal to People of Haryana ‘to maintain Peace and find amicable solution to Jat Reservation Issue.’