Army deployed and curfew imposed in Haryana as Jat protesters attack MP’s residence and set railway station on fire


Shoot at sight orders have been issued by Deputy commissioner in areas of Hissar and Hansi areas of Haryana as the state struggled to contain the Jat protesters demanding OBC category for their community.

In Jhajjar, an army column was forced to fire at an enraged crows resulting in the death of a civilian.

Law and order situation of Haryana has further deteriorated as Jat protesters intensified their stir on Saturday.

In a chilling development, protesters set community halls and petrol pumps on fire in Rohtak.

According to NDTV, protesters had also entered a girls’ hostel.

Curfew was imposed in Jind district as protesters set a railway station on fire.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, meanwhile, tweeted saying he was concerned about the escalating law and order in Haryana as it may potentially impact the water supply to the national capital. Later he said he had spoken to his Haryana counterpart, ML Khattar, who assured him on protection of Munak canal.

News agency PTI reported that stir in Haryana had severely hit the movement of more than 800 trains, and seven stations in the state were set on fire by the agitators.

Jhajjar, Buddha Khed, Julana and Pillu Kheda were among the seven stations which were set afire, a Railway spokesperson said, adding that two track machines were also burnt at Pillu Kheda.

Ahmedabad Rajdhani, Jammu Rajdhani, Shatabdi Express for Amritsar, Kalka, Chandigarh, Bhatinda, and Jaipur AC double-decker services are among 213 trains cancelled due to the Jat agitation, he said.

The agitation has spread over to Delhi-Rewari, Rewari-Alwar, Lohari-Sadulpur sections spanning across Northern and North Western zones of railways.

The state government was forced to call in the army after violent mobs held some policemen captive besides setting ablaze the house of state’s Finance Minister Abhimanyu and several government and private properties in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Hansi and several other parts of the state.

The Centre had rushed 1,000 personnel of paramilitary forces and several units of army were rushed to Rohtak from nearby Cantonment at Hissar, about 50 kms away.

However, the troops had to use aerial route to reach the violence-hit Rohtak as protesters blocked the roads leading to the town.

Agitated mob also ransacked the residence of MP Raj Kumar Saini’s residence in Kaithal.

Earlier today, according to ANI, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, External Afffairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister Arun Jaitley held an emergency meeting on Haryana, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi too were present in the meeting.

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On Friday, AK Jain, PRO, Central Railways, said that ‘We are taking all measures possible to make this easy for the passengers.’

So far, three people have died in the police firing. One person was killed and nine injured after police opened fire on a group of protesters near Rohtak. Hours later, two more protesters, who were injured in police firing, died in hospital.

Later on the day, the state DGP YP Singhal said that the situation had comparatively improved. adding that129 cases had so far been registered against those agitating.

In an extraordinary development on Friday, the Jat protesters demanding quota for their community had set the house of the BJP minister Captain Abhimanyu on fire.

This came after it was reported that thousands of students had remained stuck in schools in Gurgaon as the protesters refused to allow the movement of school buses.

Jats are demanding reservation in the Backward Castes category, but the Manohar Lal Khattar government has announced it will offer reservation only under the economically backward category with four other castes, Jat Sikh, Ror, Tyagi and Bishnoi.

Not only do Jats form nearly 30 percent of Haryana’s voters but they also send at least one-third legislators from their community in the new assembly over a year ago.