Quota Stir: Tension looms in Jat dominated regions

RSTV Bureau
Haryana: Police lathicharge Jat community members  during their agitation for reservation in Rohtak Photo-PTI

File photo of Haryana police during jat agitation
Photo-PTI

Jat dominated areas in Haryana continues to remain tensed even after the state government formed a high level committee to look into the Jat reservation issue.

Three persons were yesterday killed in Sonipat during a clash when security personnel trying to clear a road blockade were attacked by stone-pelting mobs, raising the death toll to 19 in the stir so far.

Following the incidents of violence and arson, curfew was imposed in Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Jind, Hissar, Hansi, Sonipat, Kaithal, and Gohana town of Sonipat.

Barring a relief of one-hour, curfew remained in force in Rohtak, which has been the epicentre of the pro quota agitation in Haryana and has seen loss of lives and maximum damage to property.

“During the last 24 hours, there has been no report of any untoward incident in the district,” said a senior official of Rohtak Police.

Government lifted curfew in Jind district after protesters cleared roads.

“We have lifted the curfew. There is about 80 per cent normalcy in Jind district. But we are on the watch,” said Jind Deputy Commissioner, Vinay Singh.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is set to visit violence-hit Rohtak district today to review the situation, according to a senior official of the district administration.

All India Jat Aarakshan Sanghursh Samiti (AIJASS) yesterday had announced lifting of dharnas on national and state highways in view of the BJP announcing setting up of a committee under a Central minister to examine the quota demand for the Jat community.

Industry body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has pegged the loss of economic activity due to the Jat agitation at Rs 34,000 crore.

Haryana government had yesterday said that it would fully compensate people whose private property was damaged during the Jat agitation.

It also announced a relief of Rs 10 lakh to the family of each deceased