Jat quota protests: Haryana CM ML Khattar accepts demands, appeals for peace; stir suspended

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Updated: March 19, 2017 6:44:57 PM

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced that the Jat agitation has been suspended.

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Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced that the Jat agitation has been suspended. The jats had threatened to disrupt traffic across the national capital Delhi as well as NCR on Monday – on Sunday, at various places, the agitators had turned violent and burned 2 buses as well as had attacked a police picket leaving 4 cops injured. The chief minister said that the government has listened to major demands of the agitators and took them into account. He said the government will carefully look into their demands and ensured that complete justice will be done. The minister was accompanied by Jat leader Yashpal Malik who further assured that the Delhi visit of agitators has been postponed temporarily after agreement with Haryana government on all issues. However, the leader said they will take decision on coming protests in a state executive meeting on March 26. The protestors had given a call to hold dharnas on the Delhi border, block all highway roads in order to put more pressure on the government to ensure their demands were met.

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After thrashing out a deal with the agitators, Khattar addressed the media on Sunday and said the process of Jat reservation at Centre will begin after appointment of chairman and members of National Commission for Backward Classes. The CM also appealed to the people that they should cooperate to maintain peace and harmony.

Union minister Chaudhary Birender Singh also lauded the decision to suspend the Delhi gherao of Jat protestors. The minister said that whatever had happened was in the interest of the government and Jat community.

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Earlier in the day, the metro services in NCR were said to be suspended by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). According to a report in the Indian Express, a DMRC statement said, “As directed by Delhi Police, Metro services will not be available at all stations outside Delhi (NCR stations), on Line-2 (Guru Dronacharya to Huda City Centre), Line 3 and 4 (Kaushambi to Vaishali and Noida Sector 15 to Noida City Centre) and on Line 6 (Sarai to Escorts Mujesar) from 11.30 pm on Sunday onwards till further instructions. Services to these stations will resume only after getting clearance from Delhi Police.”

Now, with stir postponed for 15 days, restrictions might be eased.

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