Uneasy calm in Haryanas Hisar district

By: | Updated: 08 Mar 2012 03:00 AM


Hisar (Haryana): An uneasy calm prevailed Thursday morning in
Haryana's Hisar district, which saw violence during a Jat community
agitation over the past two days leaving one youth dead and several
injured.

Tensions ran high in the district as members of the Jat
community, seeking quotas in government jobs, blocked the national highway
to Delhi and railway tracks Wednesday, a day after a youth was killed in
police firing.

The youth, Sandeep, 20, was killed early Tuesday
as police attempted to remove protesting Jats from the railway track near
Ramayan and Mayyar villages in this district, 25 km from here.

Nearly
25 protestors were injured in the police action Tuesday. Of these, 10 were
seriously injured and admitted to hospitals here and in Rohtak.

The
police used tear-gas and cane-charged the protestors, who were pelting
stones at the them.

"We will not remove the body from here or
cremate it till our Jat leaders, who were arrested, are released by the
authorities. There is no dialogue taking place with the administration at
this moment. Only after our leaders are freed, we will talk to the
government," village headman Suresh said at Mayyar village.

The
district administration, which had Wednesday asked the Army to step in
after the Jat agitation took a violent turn, is keeping its fingers
crossed on the situation.

However, army units had not been
deployed on the ground till 8.30 a.m. Thursday.

Police alleged
that Jat protestors torched a police station and ransacked a bank near
Hisar Cantt area Wednesday.

The Jat leaders said that their
agitation was a peaceful one and they had no role in the violence.

"We
have been peacefully protesting. We have not even blocked any railway
tracks or roads. The government has stopped plying trains on its own. We
have no role in the violence," Suresh said.

Haryana police chief
Ranjiv Dalal said Wednesday that more companies of paramilitary forces had
been requisitioned to maintain law and order in the area.

"We
will not spare the mischievous elements who indulged in violence," Dalal
told reporters here.

The Jat community has been agitating for the
last few days, seeking reservation in government jobs for the community in
the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.

They blamed Chief
Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for going back on earlier promises and
using delaying tactics and force to break up the Jat agitation.





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First Published: 08 Mar 2012 03:00 AM
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