Jats call off quota stir after truce with Haryana Govt

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Mar 2017 08:49:19


NEW DELHI,

Mar 19,

(PTI),

Jat leaders decided to call off their agitation after a marathon four-hour meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar There was violence in Fatehabad when jat agitators were stopped by police from moving towards Delhi. At least 35 people, including an SP, a DSP and 16 other policemen, were injured in the clashes

JATS, agitating for quota, on Sunday announced that they will not march towards Delhi on Monday as planned, a decision that came as a relief to the national capital which was bracing for trouble.


The leader of the jat agitation, after a four-hour meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here, said the demands of the community had been met and therefore the stir will end. Two Union Ministers Birender Singh and P P Chaudhary, both jats themselves, were also present during the deliberations.


After the announcement, the authorities in Delhi, which was on tenterhooks, eased restrictions which were proposed to be put in the capital on Monday. Delhi Metro said its services will now run normally except for curbs on exit at certain stations close to Parliament.


However, there was violence in Fatehabad in Haryana on Sunday when jat agitators were stopped by police from moving towards Delhi. At least 35 people, ncluding an SP, a DSP and 16 other policemen, were injured in the clashes.


Khattar, while addressing a press conference after the truce deal, promised “full justice” to the jats as described their demands as “genuine”. He said the Centre will soon initiate the process of providing the reservation while at the state level, an early action will be initiated as soon as a decision comes from the High Court before which the matter is pending. Regarding other demands, he said the state government will “re-assess” the cases registered between 2010 and 2017 against the Jat protesters, the next of kin of those killed and handicapped during those protests will be given permanent jobs and the role of officers will be probed so that strict action can be taken against the guilty.


All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) Chairperson Yashpal Malik, leader of the agitation seated besides Khattar, said, “We have called off our agitation and march towards Delhi. The state government has agreed to our demands.... The ‘march to Delhi’ planned for Monday has been postponed and therefore jats will not come to Delhi on Monday.” He said the jats have “full trust on the intentions” of the government.