Army reaches Haryana as Jat quota agitation turns violent
Army units are being rushed to Rohtak from nearby Cantonment at Hissar, about 50 kms away and will be deployed immediately in Rohtak and Bhiwani areas. (Photo: PTI)
The Jat agitation in Haryana turned violent on Friday after one person died when the BSF opened fire in self-defence in Rohtak.
The state government has requisitioned Army deployment in eight districts while the Centre rushed 1,000 paramilitary personnel to the state.
The protesters set a police post on fire in Jhajjhar when they went on the rampage, also setting on fire the house of state finance minister Captain Abhimanyu Sindhu as well as several vehicles in Rohtak.
The police reports stated that as many as 21 people were injured in violence. However, authorities at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science & Hospital, Rohtak, said 19 of the 25 injured people admitted there had bullet injuries.
Besides army being called in nine districts of Haryana, curfew imposed in two districts along with shoot-at-sight orders.
The situation got out of hand on Friday morning as Internet and mobile SMS services were suspended in six districts by the authorities to prevent spread of communally-sensitive messages.
Jats have been blocking several roads in the state to press for their demand for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions under the OBC category.
The Chief Minister said on Friday that the state government is in favour of reservation for Jats.
Two senior civil and police officers, Principal Secretary (Home) A K Singh and ADGP of Haryana Police B S Sandhu- have been rushed to Rohtak to coordinate with the army and the civil administration to restore normalcy.
The protests have disrupted road and rail traffic with the worst hit being the Rohtak-Jhajjar region, the epicenter of the protests, besides Bhiwani, Sonipat and Hisar.
The administration has imposed prohibitory orders in the entire Rohtak district, banning assembly of five or more persons.
The agitation has spread to more parts of the state after talks between the community leaders and the government failed to break the deadlock.
In view of the blockades by the agitators, Haryana Roadways suspended its bus services on many affected routes.