Three months after an agitation for reservations left 30 people dead, leaders of the Jat community renewed their stir across Haryana on Sunday. However, police said the agitation drew a lukewarm response – restricting itself to small, eventless meetings spread across 15 districts.
Prohibitory orders were imposed on several parts of the national capital bordering Haryana. As the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) – the organisation spearheading the agitation – has not been able to get the support of other Jat elements such as khaps, a repeat of the February quota violence was an unlikely probability. Its promise to avoid blocking roads and railway lines also contributed to making the second phase of the agitation a lukewarm affair.
The AIJASS’ primary demands comprise reservations for Jats in jobs and education, and withdrawal of cases against those arrested for indulging in violence during the previous stir.
Like the February episode, Rohtak remained the epicentre of the agitation.
Around 2,000 Jats gathered at Jasia village, along NH-71A, despite the administration’s refusal to grant them permission to protest there.