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Quota Stir
Bank, rly station attacked in Jind
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Jind, September 15
While public property continued to be targeted by arsonists last night, the aftershocks of the Jat agitation continued to be felt in the district today with youths resorting to traffic blockades and protests.

The police registered a case of arson and violence against 550 persons in connection with the uprooting of the railway track and burning of a cooperative bank branch at Darodi village last night. No arrest was made. The ADGP (crime) visited the town today to take stock of the situation.

The police remained on its toes with reports of road blockades at several places by protesters demanding reservation for Jats in government jobs.

This led to disruption of bus services as no roadways bus could ply from Jind to Narwana, Tohan, Hansi, Hisar, Barwala and Bhiwani. However, some long-route buses were allowed to ply via Panipat.

Mobs attacked the railway station and a mini bank at Darodi village, 47 km from here, last night. They damaged property worth several lakhs at the railway station and torched the mini bank, said police sources.

Said Madan Lal, Station Master, Darodi railway station, a mob of 400 persons vandalised the station at 10 pm. The arsonists fled after police reinforcements were rushed there.

The blockade near Julana by 300 protesters disrupted traffic on the highway connecting Jind with Rohtak till 2 am this morning. The traffic on the Hisar-Chandigarh highway near Sacha Khera village was disrupted this morning for over two hours. 

l Jat protesters demanding reservation smash windowpanes of a roadways bus near Jandli village in Fatehabad. Section 144 imposed in Fatehabad

l Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti chief Yashpal Malik denies stir suspended following a pact with Chief Minister. Says only blockades lifted.

l Fragile peace in Hisar. Ahirwal residents stand up for SP Subhash Yadav, alleging he has been booked for murder to placate Jat protesters. 








Clashes reveal rift between Jats and non-Jats
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, September 15
The Jat community’s demand for reservation in jobs under the OBC quota is bitterly opposed by non-Jat communities in the state. This was evident from the manner in which non-Jats countered arson by Jat mobs at Barwala, 30 km from here, yesterday.

As soon as a Jat mob descended on the markets in Barwala and began torching public and private property, non-Jats got together and made them beat a hasty retreat.

Over a hundred Jats, who came to Barwala around noon in two trucks sporting INLD flags, began torching shops. Immediately, non-Jat youths armed with iron rods and sticks attacked them, forcing them to flee.

The Jats later arrived in greater numbers and succeeded in doing some damage. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s political adviser Virendra Singh and Jat Aarakshan Sabgharash Samiti chief Yashpal Malik faced the ire of non-Jats there.

The latter was sent to Barwala to escort Virendra Singh safely to Hisar to announce the accord with the government.

Malik mistook the non-Jats as his fellow Jats and by the time he realised his mistake, the angry crowd had thrashed him and torched his vehicle.

There is a growing feeling among non-Jats that Jats already corner a large majority of general category government jobs and that this number is grossly disproportionate to their numerical strength.

Since its inception in 1966, Haryana has been mostly ruled by Jat Chief Ministers. Even when non-Jats occupied the office, with the exception of Bhajan Lal, it was for short duration or the then incumbents were merely dummies. Thus, Jats have been enjoying preferential treatment in recruitment to government jobs.

If the Barwala incident is any indication, the tussle between Jat and non-Jat communities is likely to grow further if Jats persist with their demand. 



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