The Indian Herald

The Indian Herald

February 19, 2016

Jat reservation singes Haryana: Army called to control violence, 3 killed, trains cancelled, minister's house set ablaze

As many as 550 trains were affected while dozens of others were cancelled even as violence escalated in Haryana.

Agitating Jat community members came out on streets in ten districts in the State, affecting rail and road transport.

Three persons have been killed and many injured in police firing.

The protesters laid siege to the residence of Captain Abhimanyu, a minister in Haryana government. The family was safe. Cars and other vehicles nearby, were burnt.

Shopping mall, school, railway stations and police outpost have been set afire in different parts of the State. Violence was reported from Rohtak, Bhiwani, Hisar, Jhajjar,  Jind, Kaithal and Panipat apart from Gurgaon.

Later, water supply to Delhi was also cut. Even army was attacked. The leaders of the Jat community want reservation for the Jats under the OBC category. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has tried to persuade Jat leaders to stop the agitation.

But as situation worsened and violence spread to districts, the government was forced to call Army. The Army is expected to reach by late evening. Meanwhile, the affect of agitation is visible in Delhi and NCR, especially, Gurgaon.

Children got late as school buses got stuck in traffic jams due to the impact of the agitation. Jat leaders were on the streets, blocking vehicular traffic. Union home ministry is also keeping eye on the situation in the state.

TIH Bureau

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