Jat agitation turn violant, Army called to control protesters

Jat agitation in Hisar took a violent turn today as protesters torched a police post and a judge’s car. The Haryana government today sought the Army’s help in controlling the situation. The district administration has announced closure of schools for three days. Markets, hotels and fuel stations remained closed throughout the day. A curfew is likely to be imposed in Hisar and neighbouring areas. While the protesters have paralysed rail traffic for almost three weeks now, demanding OBC quota in government jobs and educational institutes, tension erupted following the alleged death of a youth, Sandeep, 20, in police firing on Wednesday. Five others are reported to have suffered bullet injuries.
Thousands hit the streets in Hisar on Wednesday morning, and the mob grew increasingly violent. There were reports of protests in Jind and Bhiwani too. Barely 100 metres from the military station, Hisar, the mob torched the Hisar cantonment police post and also looted an SBI ATM. Another SBI branch was vandalised. Hisar Deputy Commissioner Amit Agarwal said the state had asked the Centre to deploy the Army. The official vehicle of Sessions Judge, Jind, Raminder Jain, was set on fire near Hisar late last night. His gunman and driver were held hostage by the mob, and were only released in the early hours today, after the intervention of the tehsildar and district administration. The protesters brought Sandeep’s body to the blocked rail track and refused to perform the final rites till all the Jat leaders were released immediately.

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