Delhi on tenterhooks ahead of Jat march, security tightened

The Metro later said it had reversed the decision following a Delhi Police advisory.

The Centre had yesterday directed governments of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to invoke CrPC 144 to stop Jat protesters and has mobilised 247 companies (about 24,700 personnel) of paramilitary forces.

Despite the Jat agitation being called off, heavy police deployment and security checks in New Delhi district might delay commuters on Monday.

The 12 stations that would be affected in Delhi are - Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Janpath, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, RK Ashram Marg, Pragati Maidan, Khan Market and Shivaji Stadium.

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Khattar said both sides have reached a consensus on five points, including initiation of the process of reservation for the Jats in central government jobs, reconsideration of cases lodged against Jat agitators since 2010 and permanent jobs to next-of-kin of those killed and those maimed during the 2016 February agitation in Haryana.

All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chairperson Yashpal Malik, the leader of the agitation seated besides Khattar, said the jats have "full trust on the intentions" of the government.

The Jats, who have for always been demanding reservations in government jobs and educational institutions, had threatened to march on the national capital tomorrow to press their demand.

Although the Haryana Jat leaders have chose to postpone their protest in the national capital, yet there is heavy police deployment at three entry points to Delhi from Noida.

They gave a call for the march to besiege Parliament and to hold dharnas on the Delhi border, blocking all highways, to press for their demands for reservation. Delhi could not afford this agitation at least at this time when Parliament is in session.

He added that the community will call off its dharna (demonstration) from most of the places in the state, barring few where it will continue with symbolic protests.

He said the reservation process at centre will begin after the appointment of a chairman and members of the National Commission for Backward Classes.

Security has been tightened as a similar agitation by the Jats had resulted in large-scale violence in Haryana in February previous year, leaving 30 people dead and more than 300 people injured.

Besides quotas, the Jats have been demanding the release of those jailed during last year's agitation, withdrawal of cases slapped during the protests and government jobs for the families of those killed and injured while taking part in the stir.

  • Zachary Reyes