Jat community protest intensifies; Army called in

| Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:33
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Jat community protests, Quota

Chandigarh: Following the Jat Community agitation which turned violent today, the state administration has called in the army in few districts, including Rohtak to further curb violence. 

Earlier during the day, one person was killed and several others were injured as the agitating Jat community intensified their protest demanding reservation for the community in government jobs and educational institutions.

According to reports, the Delhi-Ambala railway line was blocked by protestors hitting train services on the route.

The state authorities in Haryana blocked internet and mobile services in the affected districts, to curb the protest that was spreading across the state.

"This has been done so that rumours are not spread as this could lead to the situation getting out of hand," a senior Haryana police official said.

The protesting Jat community clashed with security forces in Rohtak district on February 18 evening after the police tried to remove the blockades put up by the protesters.

Agitating Jat protesters attacked with stones and bricks. A police vehicle was also damaged in the clash.

"Some roads are blocked by the protesters. We are trying to persuade them to remove the road blockades. We have requisitioned para-military forces and we are prepared to tackle the situation," Saurabh Singh, district police chief of Rohtak, the worst affected by the agitation, told media.

(Also read: Jats in Haryana continues to agitate after talks fail)

Life remained paralysed in most parts of Rohtak, Jhajjar and some other districts of the state as the agitation entered the sixth day on Friday.

The Jats are demanding reservation for the community in government jobs and educational institutions.

The Haryana government has called for an all-party meeting in Chandigarh on Friday to resolve the issue.

(With inputs from IANS)

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