Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Delhi: Relief for city as Jats call off protest march

Delhi: Relief for city as Jats call off protest march

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has invited Jat leaders for talks in Delhi today, in a bid to end the community's 50-day long quota stir.

At a meeting, Khattar told the leaders of the All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samity that the Centre would introduce reservation in education and government jobs for the community after legal disputes were settled.

The proposed march of Jat protesters to Delhi on Monday in support of their demands, including reservation under the Other Backward Classes, was called off after the government promised to expedite the process of granting reservation to the community and meet their other demands in a time-bound manner. The Jats had planned a massive agitation in Delhi and NCR on Monday, prompting the administration to step up security and make elaborate preparations to prevent any law and order problem.

Violence broke out today in Fatehabad, 200 km from here, is Haryana as Jat protesters clashed with police while moving towards Delhi, leaving four policemen including a Deputy Superintendent of Police injured. "I appeal to the people that they should cooperate to maintain peace and harmony", said Khattar, adding that there would be no agitation in Delhi on Monday.

"As we have been assured that out demands will be met, we have chose to post-pone our march towards Delhi", he added while speaking to reporters after the meeting. He claimed a few protesters were also injured.

"The government will now work according to the law and will undertake a survey and check ground realities so that the decision that we finally take will stand in court", P P Chaudhary", Minister of State for Law and Justice said. AIJASS president Yashpal Malik told Express, "We have made a decision to postpone the agitation to gherao Parliament on March 20, after the assurance by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to fulfill all of our demands". Internet services were also blocked in certain areas.

Security has been tightened as a similar agitation by the Jats had resulted in large-scale violence in Haryana in February past year, leaving 30 people dead and more than 300 people injured. "The state government has agreed to our demands", Mr Malik told reporters after the meeting.

Metro and road transport was earlier curtailed and several schools have been closed in the national capital as a precautionary measure.

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