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Jat quota row: Haryana CM ML Khattar appeals for peace

Jat quota row: Haryana CM ML Khattar appeals for peace

Meanwhile, the Haryana Police has imposed Section 144 in five "volatile" districts.

Thousands of people belonging to the Jat agricultural community were protesting in Rohtak and other towns in Haryana state, to demand an increase in their caste quota benefits, which include guaranteed government jobs or university spots.

Talks between the government and community leaders have failed to break the deadlock so far.

A bill regarding this will be brought in the assembly in the upcoming budget session, Dhankar told the media here.

Khattar said the government will prepare a draft bill on reservation and seek suggestions in this regard. The community has started protesting for the same, and the protests entered the sixth day on Friday.

"The police fired as the protestors attacked the residence of the inspector general of police and that of a state minister", IANS quoted BJP leader Anil Jain as saying.

"The government has asked the Army to be called in eight districts".

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He also appealed people to maintain peace and harmony in the state and to stop their agitation. Khattar added that a committee headed by the chief secretary would also submit a report on the issue.

"The BSF (Border Security Force) then fired in self-defence and unfortunately one protester lost his life".

In the wake of widespread protests in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has summoned a cabinet meeting in Chandigarh this evening.

Jat leaders today refused to withdraw their agitation till a legislation is passed giving quota to the community under OBC even as the authorities in the worst-affected district suspended Internet and mobile SMS services due to the stir which has disrupted rail and road traffic.

The army will assist the civil administration in restoring peace and law and order which worsened today shortly after an all party meeting here where an appeal was made for maintaining peace. Members of the advocate fraternity allegedly threw wooden boards and sticks at traders who also retaliated, they said.

The protesters, who have rejected Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's offer of enhancing quota for economically backward classes, also set up road blockade at many places in Panipat, which also affected movement of vehicles towards Uttar Pradesh.


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