Haryana: Jats threaten of fresh agitation over reservation

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Gurgaon, Jan 23: Jat outfits in Haryana have threatened to launch a fresh agitation across the state, alleging the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government of not fulfilling their demands of reservation. Haryana had witnessed massive protests over the issue last year.

Police have braced up for the protests and also conducted a mock drill for this purpose on Sunday, Gurgaon Police PRO Manish Sehgal said. The agitation is planned to begin from next week with the Jat leaders claiming support of people from as many as 250 villages in Haryana and Delhi.

Jat protesters during their agitation in 2016 in Rohtak.

The leaders have blamed Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar of not fulfilling their quota demands for which they launched a massive stir last year.

"We have been holding panchayats from the last 11 months in many villages on individual level to achieve the eventual goal of getting Other Backward Class (OBC) status," Akhil Bharatiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti chief Yashpal Malik told PTI.

He said the community is prepared to face any challenge to seek reservation, accusing the BJP government in Haryana of having cheated them last time.

"The BJP government in Haryana and Centre cheated us last time and assured us by giving fake promises to end our protest. They also targeted youths in fake cases for damaging private and government properties," Malik charged.

He further claimed that the Jats in UP's Muzaffarnagar, Baraut and Baghpat districts have decided not to vote for BJP in the state Assembly polls next month. In view of the threat of protests by the community leaders, the police have stepped up efforts to avoid any untoward incident and damage to public property.

"I have directed every districts top police officials to prepare to deal with any kind of situation and make sure that road and rail routes would not get blocked. Keeping law and order intact in the state is our prime objective and we will deploy adequate police force in vulnerable districts to deal with eventualities," Haryana Police ADGP (law and order) Mohammad Akil told PTI.

Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar has also directed senior police officers to be prepared for the Jat agitation. The agitation is planned in 19 districts which by and large have a rural background.

These include Rohtak, Sonipat, Bhiwani, Kurukshetra, Mahendragarh, Panipat, Hisar, Jind, Kaithal and Fatehabad. Last year's agitation had largely affected Delhi as the protesters cut down water supply to the national capital and caused massive damage to public property in Haryana.

PTI

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