Jat related protest in Haryana turn violent- Army called

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The ongoing Jat reservation related protest in Haryana turned violent that forced the police to open fire resulting into death of at least one person and injuries to about two dozen in Rohtak and Bhiwani areas.

Photo courtesy- www.india.com

Photo courtesy- www.india.com

According to reports, protesters put the residence of Haryana Finance Minister, Abhimanyu Singh, a Circuit House and some other properties on fire.

Soon after the incident, Home Minister Rajnath Singh is reported to have called up Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who briefed him about the situation in the state.

Later curfew was imposed in Rohtak and Bhiwani city areas and army was being rushed there in view of worsening situation with Jats agitating over reservation issue going on rampage there. According to reports, army has been deployed in eight districts of Haryana.

Haryana Director General of Police, Yash Pal Singal  has appealed to the agitating Jats to call off their agitation.

Singal, who was addressing the media persons in Chandigarh on Friday, said that as a result of the ongoing agitation, one person had lost life as an unidentified person in the mob fired from his country made pistol which hit a jawan of the BSF in Rohtak today. Therefore, the BSF returned the fire in self defence which killed a person in the mob. Haryana Police had not fired gunshot on anyone during this incident, he added.

He said that in another incident first the mob attacked a Deputy Superintendent of Police and the police force at a gate of Mahrishi Dyanand University in Rohtak took the DSP and police personnel  hostages. The mob also went to circuit house and damaged the car of the DIG and police gypsy besides setting on fire a police vehicle Tavera. The mob also set on fire and vandalized the house of Finance Minister in Rohtak.

The DGP said that requisition to call Army has been sent to handle the situation in the districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat, Bhiwani, Jind, Hisar and Kaithal in the state. Apart from this, request to call 30 companies of paramilitary forces have been made with the Centre. He said that while the Chief Minister had spoken to Defence Minister while Chief Secretary had spoken to Army Chief in this regard.

In reply to a question, Singal said that orders have been issued to jam social networking sites. As and when situation would improve, facility of internet would be restored, he added.

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