Jats agitation suspended in Haryana, continues in UP

Last Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 23:13

Hisar/Chandigarh/Lucknow: Jats in Haryana
on Saturday suspended their pro-quota stir, which disrupted rail
traffic in Northern India for three weeks, after being assured
of the formation of a commission to look into their demands
but members of the community continued the agitation in Uttar
Pradesh resorting to firing and arson.



The agitation was suspended after talks with Haryana
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who had agreed to set up
a Backward Classes Commission within a month to consider the
demand for reservation, All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh
Samiti General Secretary Satpal Choudhry and its state
President Hawa Singh Sangwan announced at Mayyar village about
15 km from Hisar.
However, Jats in UP went on the rampage blocking roads,
indulging in brick batting, opening fire, torching vehicles
and holding government officials captive at separate places in
Gautam Buddha Nagar district prompting the police to resort to
lathicharge and arrest 12 protestors, officials in Lucknow
said.



Around 250 members of Jat community led by one Manveer
Tewatiya blocked road in Mirzapur village under Rabupur police
station in GB Nagar district this afternoon, they said.



When Additional Superintendent of Police Rakesh Jolly
and Additional District Magistrate O P Arya reached the spot
and asked the protestors to lift the blockade, they allegedly
indulged in brick batting and opened fire, sources said.



In retaliatory action, police resorted to lathicharge,
fired tear gas shells and arrested 12 persons from the spot,
they said.



Meanwhile, in Nilauni Shahpur village adjacent to
Mirzapur officials and members of divisional task force led by
executive engineer Krishna Kumar were held captive by the
trouble-makers.



The agitators also torched four vehicles including a
truck and three jeeps, sources said.



While all the members of the task force were rescued
by police, deputy director of welfare department A K Verma
could not be traced, they said.



Before the stir was suspended in Haryana a meeting was
held in Mayyar village attended by their leaders including
president of All India Jat Aarakshan samiti Yashpal Malik, its
general secretary Satpal Choudhary, state president Hawa Singh
Sangwan and president of its Punjab unit Karnail Singh to
discuss the outcome of the meeting with the Chief Minister.
After the meeting the Samiti leaders addressed the
protestors informing them that Hooda had agreed to set up a
Haryana Backward Classes Commission within a month to consider
the demand of communities like Roar, Jat, Jat Sikh, Tagi,
Bishnoi and others desiring to come under the ambit of the
Backward Classes.



The meeting which was attended by thousands of Jats from
all over the state ended with a resolution to suspend its
agitation.



However, the Samiti has given an ultimatum to the Centre
as well as the Haryana government to accept its demand for
reservation in government jobs by September 13 and threatened
to resume its agitation if they failed to meet the deadline.



The Jat agitation had paralysed rail traffic in many
parts of north India for the past several days as the
community members had been sitting on dharna on the tracks in
14 different parts of Haryana.



The agitation in Haryana has ended days after the Punjab
and Haryana High Court directed the state government to
immediately get the rail tracks cleared of protesters to
restore normal movement of trains.



The high court had also directed all the groups
spearheading the Jat agitation to exclude the blockade of
trains from their agitational programmes with immediate
effect.



The Supreme Court had also asked Haryana, Uttar
Pradesh and Rajasthan governments to ensure that supply of
essential commodities including water to the national capital
was not disrupted in the wake of threats by Jats agitating for
quota in central jobs.



Rail traffic was restored partially in Delhi division as
well with the Jat agitators clearing the tracks.



Train services had been severely affected in the
division due to the agitation since March 5.



According to the Railways, a total of 2,261 trains have
been affected due to the agitation, of which 1,043 trains were
cancelled, 415 trains diverted and 430 short terminated till
date. The Railways has also suffered losses worth more than Rs
100 crore due to the stir.



PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 23:13

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