Jats block National Highway-1 again, Haryana toll is 16
Chandigarh, February 22: New shootings took place Monday in Sonipat district, Haryana, as Jats demanding job quotas blocked the Delhi-Ambala highway, hours after traffic was restored. Meanwhile, the death toll in the nearly 10 days of violence has been estimated at 16.Read also – Breaking: More than 25 students injured after the roof of a school building collapsed in Sonipat, in Haryana
Police sources said protesters in Jat fought pitched battles with soldiers throwing stones and bricks near the village of Ladsoli, 55 km from New Delhi. The army fired at the Jats, injuring a few, the sources said, after again blocking National Road-1. Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said the violence in Haryana had left 16 people dead. He said the cabinet discussed the latest situation in the state. The army also took control of the Munak canal in Sonipat district earlier in the morning. The canal supplies Delhi with water, and the water supply has partially resumed to the national capital. Also read – THESE trains will stop at Kanina Khas station in Haryana from October 7 | Deets inside
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“Thank you to the army, thank you to the center for securing the Munak canal. A great relief for Delhi, ”he tweeted. (ALSO READ: Jat agitation: Hissar, Hansi’s curfew lifted)
Rohtak and other places remained tense over new incidents on Monday. Police sources said Jats continued to block roads and railroads in some places on Monday. The NH-10 (Delhi-Hisar) was still stranded in the town of Sampla, 25 km from the town of Rohtak. Former chief minister and congressman Bhupinder Singh Hooda was arrested on Monday by security forces at the Tikri border (between Delhi and Rohtak) on his way to the conflict-torn town of Rohtak. Areas affected by violence in the state were in the process of returning to normal.
The curfew in the town of Rohtak was relaxed for an hour. The curfew has been lifted in the towns of Hisar and Hansi, officials said. Soldiers and paramilitary soldiers as well as police and district authorities continued to patrol the NH-1 and other roads to ensure that the Jat protesters did not return. Thousands of people and vehicles were stranded on the NH-1 as the Jats besieged the highway in Sonipat and Panipat districts for three days, cutting off road connectivity to Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh , Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. Railway officials said restoring rail traffic on the Delhi-Ambala and Delhi-Bathinda sections may take a little longer as damaged tracks need to be repaired.
Protesters uprooted train tracks in various places. Almost 900 trains have been canceled in the area due to the Jat unrest. The protests died down somewhat after Haryana’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party announced in Delhi on Sunday that Jats would get a job reservation, police officials said. In some places, however, the Jat youth continued the blockades saying they would not budge until they saw the “action” of the Haryana government. Jat leaders have called for an end to the unrest.
Hundreds of shops have been vandalized and torched in Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Kalanaur and elsewhere. A number of government and private buildings and vehicles have also been set on fire in the past four days as crowds raged in more than 10 districts of Haryana. The state government had to requisition the army and paramilitary forces to contain the situation. However, the violent protests continued and even spread to other parts of the state.