Reservations: Jat leaders to intensify agitation in Haryana
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 06, 2011, 22:41
Hisar: Jat leaders on Sunday decided to intensify their agitation for securing reservations in government jobs for the community, even as Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the matter was not under the purview of his government.

The decision for the agitation was taken by the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti at a rally held in Mayyar village, about 15 km from Hisar.

After the rally, a large number of people started dharna on Hisar-Rewari rail track from Mayyar village to Hansi town. Rail traffic on this route was suspended due to dharna, while trains between Hisar-Delhi were also affected.

The Samiti gave a one-day ultimatum to the Haryana government to announce the reservation in government jobs, failing which it threatened to go on agitation in other parts of the state.

Haryana Roadways Department today suspended its bus services between Hisar-Delhi as a precautionary measure due to the rally. Passengers were left stranded at Hisar stand due to the suspension of bus service without any prior announcement.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that his government has already written to the Centre to grant reservation to the Jat community.

The Centre has also referred the case to the Backward Classes Commission for consideration, Hooda told reporters here.

He said Jat leaders demanding reservation should plead their case with the Central government as "it was not in the jurisdiction and purview of the state government".

But the Samiti leaders maintained a tough stand saying that they would be left with no other option, but to come out on the streets if the state government did not respond to their demands in a positive manner.

They alleged that the community was being ignored by the state government and warned that they would not tolerate this any more.

Some of the Jat leaders who addressed the rally were Daljit Panghal, Om Prakash Dhankar, Dhara Singh Malik, Kitab Singh Malik, Mohinder Singh Poonia, Mohinder Panghal and Tejvir Malik.

Last year, one person was killed when Haryana Police resorted to firing on protestors who indulged in arson and sabotage at Mayar village to press their demand of reservation for Jats in government jobs.


First Published: Sunday, March 06, 2011, 22:41

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