Jat reservation: Leaders assure govt of peaceful protests on June 5

The Jats have assured not to block rail tracks or roads.

New Delhi: Jat community leaders on Thursday assured Haryana Government that they will maintain peace during the proposed pro-quota protest from June 5.

Haryana Government and the community leaders held a meeting where Jat Sangarsh Samiti and members of various Khaps (caste councils) took part. "We gave patient hearing to the demands raised by the Jat Sangarsh Samiti. We have assured them that the best options available on the legal front will be followed up by us. On their part, they have said that from June 5, they will hold peaceful dharnas in rural areas and leave out urban localities," Haryana Cabinet Minister Krishan Lal Panwar said.

He said the Jats have assured not to block rail tracks or roads. "They have also assured that none of their members will indulge or allow any violence to happen," Panwar said.

Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti chief ​Yashpal Malik said that a consensus has been reached that government will take appropriate steps with regards to their demands keeping all legal parameters in view.

"We also do not want government to take any illegal decision or which is not legally tenable and gets stuck in the courts," Malik said.

Commenting on the Jat quota agitation during February, Malik said that as many as 2,100 FIRs have been registered, "most of which are false".

"The government has said that it will have grading of all these cases done. They have said whatever can be done within the ambit of law for those found registered against innocent persons will be done. For this our Committee (representing Jat community) and Deputy Commissioners and SPs will also sit and mutually decide on things," he said.

Earlier, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said his government will not allow peace to be disturbed as he met BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi to deliberate on the sensitive issue. At least 30 people were killed and properties worth hundreds of crores of rupees were destroyed during the violent quota agitation by Jats earlier this year.

( Source : PTI )
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