Fresh Stir If Cases Not Withdrawn: Jats

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Chandigarh: Regrouping a fortnight after violent protests for reservation in Haryana ended, senior members of the Jat community are getting ready for the next round of battle with the government. Not only do they want to ensure that the governments both in the state and at the Centre keep their word on giving them reservation, but also that cases registered against community members during the riots are withdrawn.

The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), an influential group led by Yashpal Malik, has announced that if the state government does not withdraw the criminal cases against Jat youths, they would launch another peaceful statewide agitation.

As many as 1,117 criminal cases have been registered across Haryana in connection with the violence and 147 people have been arrested till February 29. Thirty people were killed and 324 were injured as Jats went on rampage.

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Members of the Samiti would submit a memorandum to the state government on March 14 at district headquarters demanding withdrawal of cases and against arrest of any Jat without holding preliminary inquiry about his involvement in the violence between February 17 and 22. The decision was taken on Tuesday at a meeting in New Delhi in which community members from Haryana, Delhi and UP participated.

“If the government fails to take action on our demand, a meeting would be called in April to launch a non-cooperation movement in Haryana. Protests would also be held in UP, Rajasthan and Delhi too,” said Malik, the president of AIJASS

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