Jat reservation stir: Shown black flags in Rohtak, Haryana CM ML Khattar promises strict action against rioters

Slogans of 'murdabaad' were also raised as Khattar visited Rohtak to take stock of the situation - the town is among the worst hit in the state due to the violence.

Updated: Feb 23, 2016, 14:59 PM IST
Jat reservation stir: Shown black flags in Rohtak, Haryana CM ML Khattar promises strict action against rioters
Haryana CM ML Khattar

Rohtak: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday promised strict action against those responsible for violence in the state during the Jat reservation stir, even as he was heckled and shown black flags during a visit to Rohtak.

Slogans of 'murdabaad' were also raised as Khattar visited Rohtak to take stock of the situation - the town is among the worst hit in the state due to the violence.

“Strict action will be taken against those who caused loss to private property during the Jat stir,” the Chief Minister said, adding a probe will also be conducted to find out who perpetrated the violence.

“Action will also be taken against district and police officials for any lapses in handling the situation,” Khattar added.

 

The CM said his government will form a committee to probe the complaints of any lapses by police, district or any other officials.

According to him, the total number of casualties in the recent violence stands at 19.

“Innocent people who have been affected due to this agitation will be given compensation,” he informed.

Calling for peace in the state, Khattar said his government considers the entire society as one and added, “Haryana is a progressing state. There are a lot of opportunities here.”

The BJP government in Haryana has promised reservation for the Jat community and assured that a Bill will be brought in the next session of Assembly. The Centre has also formed a committee to look into the demands.

 

Meanwhile, Khattar is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day and brief him on the situation in Haryana.

He will also attend a meeting of the committee appointed by the Centre on Jat reservation issue to be held at 3.30 pm at Union minister Venkaiah Naidu's residence in Delhi.

On Tuesday also, stray incidents of violence were reported even as the state limped back to normalcy.

Authorities continue to remain cautious about some parts which are still tense in the aftermath of the Jat agitation which paralysed life in the state in the last nine days.

As per officials, traffic had been restored on the Delhi-Ambala National Highway No 1 (NH-1). Three people were killed when Jat protesters blocked the highway on Monday, forcing security forces to open fire on them.

Traffic was also restored on the Delhi-Hisar NH-10, especially near Sampla town, police said.

Curfew was relaxed in Rohtak town, the worst hit by the Jat agitation violence.

Hisar and Kaithal districts remained tense after members of Jat and non-Jat communities headed for a clash. Army and paramilitary forces remained on high alert in both districts.

State government officials claimed that road and railway blockades by Jat protesters were being removed from various places.

(With agency inputs)