Jat quota violence: 10 killed, 150 injured, says police

Haryana DGP claims violence in the worst affected districts of Rohtak, Bhiwani and Jhajjar contained since Saturday night

Chandigarh: At least 10 people were killed and 150 injured in violence linked to the pro-quota agitation by the Jat community in Haryana, the state’s Director General of Police (DGP) Y P Singhal said yesterday.

Pro-quota protestors set buses on fire in Sonepat.
Pro-quota protestors set buses on fire in Sonepat.

Singhal told media persons that the violence in the worst affected districts of Rohtak, Bhiwani and Jhajjar had been contained since Saturday night.

As per reports, 10 people have been killed and nearly 150 are injured. No death has been reported since last (Saturday) night, either in police action or in rioting," he said, adding that the top priority of the security forces and the government was to restore water supply to Delhi.

The agitation paralysed life in the entire state, cutting off all northern states from Delhi. Trains and buses to and from Delhi and other places have been cancelled. Protestors at several places have blocked all major highways passing through Haryana. Those opting for the flight path faced hiked up ticket rates in view of the increased demand. Flight-tickets from Chandigarh to Delhi were being priced between Rs 25,000 and Rs 55,000 for the one-hour journey.

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Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has appealed to the jats to end their violent agitation for reservation, saying that
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Buckling under pressure from agitating Jats, the BJP yesterday announced that a Bill for giving OBC status to Jats will be brought in the coming Haryana Assembly session and a high-powered committee will be set up to examine the demand for the community in central jobs. BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana Anil Jail also appealed to the Jats who have been protesting
in Haryana to call off their agitation, which has badly hit life in the region, and return to their homes as their demands have been met.

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