Jats to celebrate `Black` Holi if reservation demand not met

Last Updated: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 17:31

Hisar: The agitating Jat community in
Haryana on Friday decided to observe the festival of Holi on
Sunday as `Black` Holi if their demand for reservation in
Central government jobs is not accepted.

The activists of Jat Aarakshan Samiti announced here that
if the Central government fails to accept their demand of
reservation, they would observe the festival of colours as
Black Holi.

They staged protests in support of their demand at
various places in which a large number of women also
participated even as railway traffic remained disrupted on
various routes near here.

Train services on the Hisar-Bhiwani, Hisar-Jakhal and
Hisar-Sadulpur sections of North Western Railways remained
disrupted on the thirteenth day today due to the blockage of
rail tracks by the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aashakshan Sangharsh
Samiti activists at various places in the district.

The Railways have cancelled a number of trains bound for
various destinations including Ludhiana, Rewari, Jaipur,
Amritsar, Gorakhpur and Sirsa.

The protesters are demanding inclusion of the Jat
community in the list of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) to
enable them avail the benefit of reservation in government
jobs, both in state and the Union governments.

Due to disruption of rail traffic, goods trains carrying
coal have failed to reach here leading to closure of the Rajiv
Gandhi Thermal Power Plant at Khedar near here.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 17:31

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