Haryana: Jat agitators to mark 'Black Day' today

The Jats on Sunday observed "Black Day" across Haryana amid tight security arrangements, even as the agitation by the community passed off peacefully.

Traffic was diverted at some areas in sensitive districts of the state, officials said.

Yashpal further asserted, "from March 1, there will be no cooperation with the government".

"A huge protest will be held in Delhi at Jantar Mantar on March 2".

"Jats from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh will also show their protest in New Delhi on March 2 against government's policies", Malik added.

Demanding reservation in education and government jobs under Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, agitated Jats have chose to stir the agitation wearing black turbans, caps and armbands. The protesters said that they would lay complete siege on National Highway-1 (Sonipat-Delhi), 10 (Rohtak-Delhi), and 8 (Rewari-Delhi) to press for their demand for Jat reservation.

"The government has failed to address our demands and the next course of action will be decided at Jantar Mantar", Mr Malik said.

The Jats, who have been carrying out an agitation in the state for reservation for almost a month, began gathering in large numbers at many places including Rohtak, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Bhiwani districts. Paramilitary forces have also been deployed in the state.

A DAY before a "Black Day" planned by Haryana's Jat agitators on Sunday, the state government on Saturday blocked internet services in Sonepat district. Police are also keeping a vigil near the statues of various state icons in sensitive districts to thwart any act of vandalism.

Thirty people were killed and property worth crores of rupees was damaged at many places in Haryana during last year's Jat stir which had turned violent.

The Jat agitation for reservation has been going on for almost a month with huge gatherings in many places including Rohtak, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Bhiwani districts.

  • Leroy Wright