In a recent update, it has been reported that Delhi Metro services on all metro stations in Delhi-NCR will remain open today and thereafter. However, no exit will be allowed from stations including Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Lok Kalyan Marg tomorrow, but the entry will be allowed. Speaking to the media about the development on the Jat protest, Special Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak said, “Delhi Metro, buses and local trains will operate as usual. However, security arrangements will remain as they are.”
Earlier the Jat community leaders had threatened to intensify their protest on Monday to demand job and education quotas. The Delhi Police had asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to terminate all trains at the last station outside on all lines from 11.30pm on Sunday. Apart from 22 stations in NCR towns, 12 in central Delhi were earlier scheduled to be closed from 8pm on Sunday. The ongoing Jat agitation crisis in the national capital region on Sunday was called off after Jat agitators and government mutually agreed on post-pone the protest. The decision to call off the agitation by 15 days came after the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar intervened in the issue.
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The news comes as a big relief to students of NCR appearing for board exams, office goers and even the current Parliament session. Further clarifying the situation, Khattar told media, “Centre and Haryana will soon begin the process of giving reservation to Jats.” Flanked by two central ministers PP Chaudhary and Chaudhary Birendra Singh, the final decision came almost after four hours when both parties made an official announcement. All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) Chairperson Yashpal Malik has recently informed that the community will continue with a peaceful protest and they will decide their next course of action after a 15-days time. The Jat agitation began on January 29 and has completed 50 days on Sunday. The protest for quota in jobs and education is an important matter that has remained unresolved over the last one decade.