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Security beefed up in Kurukshetra before Jat meet

Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 16:10

Kurukshetra: Tight security arrangement has
been put in place ahead of a meeting of Jat leaders on Monday to
deliberate on the future course of action in view of their
ongoing stir in Haryana demanding quota for the community in
government jobs.

Heavy police presence was seen in the city today,
particularly around Jat Dharamshala here, where the meeting
was underway.
Among those taking part in the meeting were Santosh
Dahiya, President of the women`s wing of All India Jat
Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti and Dharam Singh Chhot, Vice
President of the Samiti.

Barricades were placed along the roads leading to the
city last night to block the entry of agitators in the city
from the adjoining areas of Ambala, Yamunanagar, Karnal and
Kaithal districts.

Police are also keeping vigil at Kurukshetra railway
junction and Pipli crossing on GT Road, in an attempt to
thwart any effort by agitators to block the rail and road
traffic on the national highway number one route, said

The Jats have blocked 12 rail lines in Haryana for over
two weeks, affecting train services on several routes,
including Jind-Hisar, Hisar-Jakhhal, Jaipur-Hisar,
Hisar-Bathinda and Delhi-Rohtak.

The protesters are demanding inclusion of the Jat
community in the list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) to
enable them to avail the benefit of reservation in government
jobs, both in state and the Union governments.
The Jats in UP, meanwhile, withdrew their
fortnight-long blockade from the railway tracks on Marc 19
following an Allahabad High Court order but a crucial meeting
between the protesters and the government failed to find an
amicable solution to the demand.


First Published: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 16:10
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