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The Jat agitation, that claimed 12 lives, may end soon as the government on Sunday decided to bring a bill for granting OBC status to Jats. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting between Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Jat leaders, National security Advisor, Army Chief and Delhi Police Commissioner.
After the meeting, BJP leader Anil Jain, who is in charge of party affairs in Haryana, said the Jat community will get reservation in jobs and a bill will be brought in the next session of the Haryana assembly in this regard.
Jain also added that said a committee headed by a senior Union minister will be set up to look into demands of Jats.
Earlier, the Jat reservation crisis entered the national capital with the Delhi-Bahadurgarh road, next to Nangloi metro station, being blocked by protesters.
The Union government has also asked Haryana to ensure that there is no disruption in water supply to the national capital.
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In a press conference, a government spokesperson said the situation was soon returning to normalcy and that roads were being cleared up. Jat and Khap leaders are expected to meet with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at about 3 pm. Disclosing the figures, the state government had on Saturday said, “Haryana Government sought additional companies of Central Reserve Police Force and more columns of Army to be deployed in Haryana by tomorrow morning to control the ongoing agitation in the State.”
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Ten persons have been killed and about 150 injured during the ongoing Jat stir, Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal said today even as he underlined that his priority was to restore water supply to Delhi and clear road and rail blockades.
“According to the information we have so far, in entire state 10 people have been killed and about 150 injured,” he said.
According to police sources, four persons injured yesterday in firing in Jhajjar succumbed to injuries last night, taking the death toll to 10.
The 10 killed belonged to Jhajjar, Rohtak and Kaithal districts.
The DGP said his top priority was to restore disrupted water supply to Delhi from Haryana which has got affected due to the Jat stir.
Disruption in water supply to Delhi from Haryana’s Munak canal due to the Jat agitation has severely affected water supply to the national capital.
“Our first priority is to restore Delhi’s water supply, from Akbarpur Barota point (in Sonipat). Police, para forces and technical team of Haryana’s Irrigation department has reached there and we are trying to restore it immediately so that Delhi residents are not inconvenienced,” the DGP, who addressed a press conference along with Home Secretary P K Das, said.
Singhal said that so far close to 50 people have been rounded up for indulging in violence and arson and action is being taken against them as per law.
“We came up with district-wise plan of action, which we implemented and because of which we are seeing positive results,” he said, adding security forces had also launched “night dominance” because of which “positive results” had started coming out.
Asked if protesters had blocked many new points between Kaithal and Ambala, besides blocking the crucial Shimla highway in Panchkula district, he said, “We are verifying these. We will initiate appropriate action in this regard”.