Top union ministers review Haryana situation; tensions prevail in several areas

The rampaging mob attacked the office of the state DIG and set the house of Finance Minister Abhimanyu on fire. 

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2016, 00:27 AM IST
Top union ministers review Haryana situation; tensions prevail in several areas

New Delhi: Top union ministers on Friday night reviewed the situation in Haryana where thousands of protestors went on a rampage to demand reservation in various fields for the Jat community in the state.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, PTI reported. NSA Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi were also present in the meeting. 

The Haryana government on Friday called in the army to quell the violent protests in at least nine districts of the state. Curfew was imposed in two districts along with shoot-at-sight orders after one person was killed during the protests.

The rampaging mob attacked the office of the state DIG and set the house of Finance Minister Abhimanyu on fire. There were also reports of clashes between the protesters and security forces in several parts of the state.

Army units have been rushed to Rohtak and Bhiwani where the law and order has been severely hit.

Haryana DGP YP Singhal told reporters the army will be deployed in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat, Jind, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Hisar districts.

According to media reports, at least one person was killed and 10 others were injured when a BSF unit fired in self-defence after being fired upon by the mob.

A BSF trooper was also injured in the firing.

The injured were rushed to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Rohtak, some 75 km from Delhi, police said.