Jat Quota Stir Enters Second Day, Remains Peaceful

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Chandigarh: The members of Jat community in Haryana on Monday continued their agitation in 18 districts of the state seeking reservation in government jobs and other demands.

Amid elaborate security arrangements, the Jats held dharnas at several locations, which remained peaceful, officials said.

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“The dharnas remained peaceful in 18 districts,” All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) president Yashpal Malik told PTI over phone, adding from February 3 the Jats will hold dharnas in Delhi in support of those agitating in Haryana.

“On February 3, we will begin with a dharna at Narela and then on the following days dharnas will be held in 11 districts of Delhi every day,” he said.

The call for the fresh stir has been given by some Jat outfits, especially those owing allegiance to AIJASS.

Since yesterday, the members of Jat community have been staging peaceful dharnas at Ramayan village near Hisar-Bhiwani railway track, Jolilath village on Sonipat-Gohana road, Jassia village on Rohtak highway, Rasalwala Chowk in Jhajjar, Umrakheri village near Panipat-Shamli road, Bala village near Assandh road in Karnal and at some other places.

From tomorrow, the agitation will begin in a couple of more districts, Malik said.

Internet services have been suspended in the vicinity of dharna sites to check spread of rumours. Authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in some areas of the sensitive districts, banning gathering of five or more people.

Paramilitary forces are out in sensitive areas while heavy police force has been deployed to maintain strict vigil.

The central forces have conducted flag marches in some sensitive areas, officials said.

During a similar stir a year ago, there were 30 deaths and widespread destruction of property. This time, Haryana has been put on maximum alert, officials said.

All the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police have been directed to ensure that highways and railway tracks are not obstructed and no damage is caused to property, they said.

The state government has warned agitators against taking law in their hands.

“People can protest peacefully, but if anyone takes law in one’s hands, then strict action will be taken,” a senior official said here.

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