Curfew in Hisar as Jats intensify quota stir

Written by Political Bureau | Hisar | Updated: Sep 15 2010, 05:57am hrs
Curfew was clamped in Hisar district on Tuesday and Armys help sought as protesters seeking quota for the Jat community indulged in violence for the second day. It lead to the death of a person, chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda said. The protestors set afire buildings, looted trucks and blocked roads and rail tracks.

In view of the volatile situation, curfew has been clamped in entire Hisar district, deputy commissioner Yudhvir Khyalia said.

Activists of the Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samitidemanding quota for the community under the OBC categoryblocked several roads in the district. Traffic on the Hisar-Delhi National Highway 10 was suspended.

Mobs torched a State Bank of India branch at Hisar Cantonment, building of a cooperative bank in Agroha town here and HP Cotton mill as well as two buses of the company. A petrol pump, which was lying closed, had also been damaged by the mob here, police said, adding an attempt had also been made by the mob to set a petrol pump afire in Agroha.

Armys help has been sought, officials said, adding that additional police forces have been deployed in the district where violence erupted after a person was killed allegedly in police firing on protesters on Monday. Central forces including the Rapid Action Force (RAF) had been deployed in sensitive areas.

Samiti president Yash Pal Malik has warned the Central and state governments that if its demand for quota was not met by October 3, the Samiti would intensify its agitation and block all the roads leading to Delhi. The All-India Jat Mahasabha has announced that its members will organise a token hunger strike on Wednesday at all the district headquarters of the State to press for the demand.

Rail services from Hisar to Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhiwani, Rohtak, Delhi and Jaipur also were disrupted on the second day of the violence. A railway official said some of the trains passing through the area have been cancelled while some others have been diverted.