Haryana Govt. reaches out to ‘protesting’ Jat community

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Chandigarh, Feb. 19 (ANI): Asserting that the Haryana Government was working hard to fulfil the demands of the protesting Jat community, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s OSD Jawahar Yadav on Friday said that he was baffled by the state-wide agitation and added that no one has the right to take the law into their own hands.

“The state government was in agreement with the demands of the Jat community. Earlier, we had spoken to the Jat leaders regarding the issue and out them, the majority were in agreement with us. There was a consensus that a committee will be formed and how the matter can be discussed in the Vidhan Sabha,” Yadav told ANI.

Maintaining that Khattar has appealed for calm to restore in the state, he said that the state government was trying to hear all the demands by the agitators, which is why the protest was completely uncalled for.

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“There would have been cause for protest if we had refused to hear their demands, but we are working on all the issues so there should not be any problem. We appeal to all the agitators to return home as the state government is determined to fulfil all their demands and find a way,” Yadav said.

He added that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government is hard at work to ensure the development and progress of the Jat community.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh have been conveyed about the deployment of Army personnel in the violence struck area.

Adamant on their agitation till a legislation giving quota to the community under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category is cleared, the protest by the Jat community intensified earlier as they torched the house of Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu today.

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The Finance Minister was not in his residence at the time.

Firing also broke out in which one person was injured and the protestors set up road blockade at many places in Panipat, which also affected movement of vehicles towards Uttar Pradesh.

Violence had broken out during the protest in Rohtak on Thursday, leaving at least 15 persons injured. The administration clamped prohibitory orders in the district by imposing Section 144 of CrPC to avert any further deterioration in law and order situation.

Police and paramilitary forces resorted to baton-charge and teargas shells to control the situation after some unidentified people torched motorcycles and pelted stones during clashes. (ANI)

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