Jat reservation protests- Haryana limps to normalcy

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Despite the assurance, given by Union Minister, Rajnath Singh on Sunday, to provide reservation to Jats in Haryana, fresh incidents of violence, protests and dharnas at several places continued even on Monday.

Situation in Haryana on Monday

Jat reservation protests continue

Incident of violence reported on Monday also

National Highways remain disrupted

Fresh clashes reported in Sonipat area

Despite government’s assurance on Sunday to provide reservation

Government had assured to bring a bill in Haryana assembly session after a talk with Jat leaders

Government machinery struggles to remove 449 blockades on rails and roads

16 persons lost their lives in the ongoing agitation and 183 reported injured so far

Unruly mob and miscreants have field day who damaged properties on the NH-1

Loss caused during protests estimated to be over Rs. 20000

Government decides to fully compensate for the damage caused to private properties

Army removing the axed tree to clear the roads

Army removing the axed tree to clear the roads

Despite the assurance, given by Union Minister, Rajnath Singh on Sunday, to provide reservation to Jats in Haryana, fresh incidents of violence, protests and dharnas at several places continued even on Monday.

It was late in the evening when protesters were convinced to lift the dharna and end the protests.

Officials in administration are however still unsure that the protesters will not resort to protests and violence on Tuesday.

The Delhi- Ambala National Highway 1, which was opened to traffic in the morning again was obstructed when a section of protesters refused to lift their dharna. Similar situation was in Rohtak.

There were also reports about the opening of fire by army to remove the protesters from the spot in Sonipat area after a clash and incident of stone pelting. According to reports, about 600 trees were axed by protesters to block the roads and rails.

The trains on various routes passing through Haryana remained affected and

Haryana Government has decided to give full compensation for the damage caused to private property whether residential or commercial and to immediately assess the role of all officers and officials of both civil and police administration for any act of omission or commission during the ongoing Jat agitation.

Decisions to these effects were taken in a meeting of the state cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal on Monday. The Cabinet reviewed the prevailing situation and the steps to defuse the tensions across the state at the earliest. It also appealed to the people to maintain peace and amity.

The cabinet decided that a senior IAS officer shall be deputed as a nodal officer to assess the damage caused to private properties in both urban and rural areas. A proforma to file claims for compensation for damage to the property would be made available online also in the office of Deputy Commissioner and after assessment of the same, compensation would be released within a month.

It was informed that 16 persons had so far lost their lives in the ongoing agitation and 183 are injured. Also, 320 cases had been registered and 102 persons were arrested. While blockades at several places have been lifted, efforts were on to remove the remaining 449 blockades on rails and roads. It was also informed that Haryana Roadways has suffered a loss of Rs 15 crore as 33 buses have been set on fire and 99 buses are damaged.

As the Indus company, which operates towers of telecommunication in the state, is facing shortage of diesel, the mobile phone service were affected. It was also observed that out of 2370 petrol pumps in the state, 381 had become dry. And out of 387 LPG Agencies, 185 are without their stock. The state government is trying to ensure its supply through Punjab. Out of 26 petrol pumps damaged during the agitation, eight of these are in Rohtak, five in Bhiwani and six in Jhajjar. However, there is no shortage of keroscene in the state.

It was also observed that with a view to ensure supply of water to Delhi, the Administration and security forces had got made the Munak canal functional on Monday morning by getting the dharna lifted at Akbarpur, however the protestors again blocked the canal at Kabru. The protestors were now being urged to release water. As an immediate measure, the water of Yamuna canal is being supplied to Delhi through Munak canal.

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