Thursday, March 8, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Jat agitation: Protestors serve ultimatum

Jat agitation: Protestors serve ultimatum
PTI | Mar 8, 2012, 06.14PM IST

HISAR (Haryana): The agitating Jats, demanding job quota for them,
today served an ultimatum asking Haryana government to unconditionally
release by tomorrow all those who had been taken into custody during
the movement and threatened to intensify their stir if the demand was
not met.

"The government should order release of all those Jat protesters who
had been taken into custody two days ago," Jitender Chattar of All
India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti said here.

He said they will give the government time till tomorrow afternoon to
act after which they will intensify their stir and block all the roads
to Delhi and other parts besides launching their agitation in other
parts of the country.

Hisar, located 155 km from the national capital, had been virtually
come under a siege of the protesters demanding OBC quota.

Meanwhile, Delhi-Hisar highway which had remained blocked yesterday
opened to road traffic.

The district administration had yesterday ordered closure of all
educational institutions for three days.

Security forces had conducted a flag march here last evening as Hisar
remained on the boil. Uneasy calm prevailed in the district today.

At Garhi village near here, mobs smashed window panes of trucks
triggering a major jam on national highway last evening. The
protesters had placed tree trunks on roads at some places.

Jats are seeking reservation in government jobs for the community in
OBC category and have accused Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh
Hooda of "going back on promises" in this regard.

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