Hooda urges Haryana Govt. to talk to agitators and resolve matter soon

New Delhi, Feb. 19 (ANI): Terming the violent protests by the Jat community demanding reservation under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) as a ‘serious matter’, former chief minister B. S. Hooda on Friday urged the state government to talk to the protestors and resolve the matter.

“The situation is very serious; peace should be restored in the state. I appeal to leaders and workers of all political parties to not politicise this and help keep the peace. Both protesters and govt should show restraint. The government should immediately talk to protesters to find a solution,” Hooda told ANI here.

Meanwhile, the government has rushed Army to nine locations in the state, including Rohtak, Jind, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Hissar, Kaithal, Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal, to contain the situation.

Shoot at sight orders have been issued in Rohtak and Bhiwani in Haryana after curfew was imposed in both cities

The strike, into the sixth day today, has crippled road and rail traffic across the state and shut down educational institutions in many places.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier in the day appealed to agitators to maintain law and order and a peaceful atmosphere in the state while chairing an all party meet to discuss the ongoing Jats reservation strike in Jhajjar and Rohtak.

The pro-reservation protests by Jats in Haryana had turned violent on Thursday, with several people being injured and reports of clashes between protesters and police personnel in Rohtak. (ANI)

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