Jat rally on March 6 for OBC Reservation

Jat Samiti in Haryana had announced to hold a rally in Mayyad village on March 6 where a youth was killed in police firing in September 2010. The state president of the All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Hawa Singh Sangwan, said on Thursday that they would hold a Jat Balidani (Jat Martyrs) rally in Mayyad village, which would be addressed by senior Jat leaders of the samiti on March 6 . "We hope that thousands of people from across the state would attend the rally to press for their demand to place Jats in the other backward class (OBC) category. There have been many Jats who had sacrificed their lives for the nation at different times. We are feeling estranged in the present situation as political parties have been using Jats only as a vote bank and no government has taken interest in their welfare", he rued.
Claiming that the people of the Jat community had lagged behind despite being from the food basket of the country, Sangwan maintained that the Jats find themselves in a sorry condition as they had trailed behind in terms of education and employment due to the "wrong policies of successive governments." He said that the leaders of the Jat samiti had been mobilizing people for the rally.

Supreme Court slams Govt for inaction on Jat agitation

The Supreme Court directed the Centre and the state of Haryana to tell the court what action had been taken against the members of the Jat community who agitated for 11 days to block the arrest of the accused persons allegedly involved in violence against Dalits in Mirchpur village, Hisar. A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly had earlier directed the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government to assess the loss caused by the agitators to public and private property during the agitation including road blockade so that the loss may be recovered from the agitators.
The court today directed the state government to file an affidavit giving details of the loss caused by the agitators to public and private property in the state and also the harassment caused to the people of the area. The court had already shifted the trial of the Mirchpur anti-Dalit violence case from district Hisar to Rohini court in Delhi to ensure free and fair trial. A 70-year-old man and his 18-year-old physically challenged daughter were killed in the arson attack on a Dalit locality in Mirchpur village. Jats allegedly attacked the Dalits in protest against the demand by Dalits for justice and arrest of the culprits who had raped the girl.

Balmiki Dharam Samaj slams Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Bhartiya Balmiki Dharam Samaj demanded the suspension of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda led government in Haryana for having failed to protect the interest of the Dalits in the state. Addressing a press conference here, the president of the Samaj, Chandrapal Anarya, said the state government was openly siding with Jats, and the Dalits in the state were feeling the brunt of this bias. Demanding the imposition of President's rule in the state the members said the Dalits in Mirchpur were the most affected and were living like refugees in their own country.
They said the government had made no efforts whatsoever to bring back the Dalit families who had fled Mirchpur following the violent incident in which Jats had allegedly burnt to death two Dalits in April last year. Anarya added that the district administration had also not done anything to allay the fears of the Dalits.

Jat khap panchayats may have to pay Rs. 33.95 Crore

Jat khap panchayats may now have to pay up Rs 33.95 crore to compensate the loss and damage they caused by blocking rail and road traffic in Haryana’s Jind district for 11 days in January to protest the arrest of their youth in the Mirchpur caste violence incident. Northern Railways and Haryana government, under a court direction, computed the loss and damage due to the agitation. The state government said protesters blocked traffic by felling 3,130 trees causing damage to the environment. The removal of the trees cost Rs 90,000 to the exchequer. Moreover, the repair of damaged buses would cost Rs 2.5 lakh. A Bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly asked the Centre and the state government headed by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who had referred to the khap panchayats as social organisations, to file affidavits detailing the steps proposed to be taken to recover the loss from the protesters.The case will come up for hearing on February 28. On January 31, the Bench took a serious view of blockage of rail and road traffic to and from Jind in Hissar from January 11 by a conglomerate of 12 khap panchayats, which demanded release of upper caste persons accused of torching a dalit hamlet in Haryana’s Mirchpur hamlet killing a 70-year-old man and his disabled daughter. It had asked both Northern Railways and Haryana government to quantify the losses due to the khapsponsored agitation. “How can the government allow a sizeable section from using public transport? You were absolutely helpless,” the court had said.