In a major development, the ongoing protest by Jat community, which was to move to the national capital, has been called off for now. However, the Jat agitators will be continuing their protest in Haryana. 

The Jat agitation which was supposed to take place in Delhi, has been postponed for another 15 days.

The recent development comes after the crucial meet between Jat leaders and the Haryana government a day before the community was slated to hold a massive rally to seize the national capital over demands of reservation.  

As per reports, most of the demands made by Jat leaders have been accepted by the Haryana government. 

Addressing the press conference, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “Jat reservation process at centre will begin after appointment of chairman and members of National Commission for Backward Classes.”

“Appeal to the people that they should cooperate to maintain peace and harmony,” Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar added. 

Confirming that the protest in Delhi has been called off, Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) president Yashpal Malik said, “We have assured the Haryana government that tomorrow’s (March 21) Delhi ‘Kooch’ programme has been suspended and now Jats would not come to Delhi.”

Jat leader Yashpal Malik also said, “Will take decision on coming protests in a state executive meeting on March 26.”

Earlier in the day, at least 4 police officials, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, were injured on Sunday in Fatehabad district in Haryana when Delhi-bound Jat community protesters clashed with them.

The police force was trying to stop them from moving towards Delhi. The clash took place on the Sirsa-Hisar-Delhi highway when the protesters, who were on tractor-trolleys, were stopped.

Police used force, including tear gas, as the protesters pelted them with stones.

Authorities in Haryana have imposed a ban on movement of tractor-trolleys in districts bordering Delhi to foil a call given by Jat leaders to lay seige to Delhi and hold a protest outside Parliament. 

In wake of the protests by the Jat Community, Delhi Metro on Sunday had announced that it will suspend services to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and close 12 important stations from Sunday night.

(With inputs from IANS)

First Published | 19 March 2017 5:56 PM
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