Govt accepts Jats` demand for compensation, curfew lifted

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 00:47

Chandigarh/Hissar: Curfew was lifted from
Hisar district in Haryana this evening as agitating Jats in
the state temporarily suspended their protests demanding quota
with the state government conceding three of their demands.

The state government has accepted the three main demands
of the protesters, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda told
reporters after a meeting with the representatives of the Jat
Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti spearheading the stir.

The accepted demands include a compensation of Rs 10 lakh
to the family of the youth killed in police firing, job to a
member of his family and registration of a case against
Subhash Yadav, who was last night removed as Superintendent of
Police (SP), Hissar, he said asking people to maintain peace.
The Samiti has "deferred its agitation" following talks
with the State Government and agreed to cremate the youth
killed allegedly in police firing yesterday, Hooda said at a
press conference in Chandigarh.

Curfew, which was imposed in the district in view of the
tense situation continuing for the second consecutive day, was
lifted late this evening, Hissar District Magistrate Yudhvir
Singh Khyalia said.

A report from Hissar said that before the cremation of
the youth, President of the Sangharsh Samiti Yashpal Malik met
the family of the deceased and conveyed to them the decisions
of the state government, including the financial assistance of
Rs 10 lakh.

However, Malik said though the community had decided to
immediately suspend its protest in Hisar and elsewhere and
open the road blockades following acceptance of the three
demands the agitation for reservation in government jobs
under OBC category would continue.

Earlier speaking at Sonepat, Malik and other Samiti
members had warned the Central and the State Governments that
if its demand for quota was not met by October 3, it will
intensify its agitation and block all the roads leading
to Delhi.

Giving a clean chit to the Sangharsh Samiti leading the
agitation, Hooda said that the damage to the government and
private property, including civil and police vehicles, was
done by anti-social elements and not by the Jat protesters.

Spokesmen of the protesters including Jai Parkash said
in a statement they have also demanded that the cases lodged
against the agitationists after the violence at Mayyar in
Hissar district be withdrawn and no arrest should be made.

Violence had erupted in Hissar and adjoining areas
yesterday after members of the Samiti demanding quota for the
community under the OBC category blocked several roads.

A youth was killed and over 10 persons, including
policemen, were injured in violent clash between the
protestors and the police.

-PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 00:47

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