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Jat quota agitation: 15 injured, CM calls all-party meet


Violence broke out during Jat agitation for quota in Rohtak today leaving at least 15 persons injured even as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar convened an all-party meet tomorrow to find a way out of the impasse.

Police and the paramilitary troops staged a flag-march to get the town roads cleared from protesters who blocked these in support of their reservation demand.

Traders and advocates clashed outside the court premises at Rohtak during the protest,in which several vehicles were also damaged.

Advocates of the district court were protesting against non-inclusion of Jat community in the OBC category outside the court premises from where traders of the city were passing in a procession to submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, police said.

Police and paramilitary forces resorted to lathi-charge and teargas shells to control the situation, during which unidentified persons torched some motorcycles and pelted stones.

Prohibitory orders were clamped in Rohtak, banning assembly of five or more persons.
In Chandigarh, an all-party meeting has been convened for tomorrow and a decision in this regard was taken by the Chief Minister at an emergent meeting of the Cabinet.
Khattar reviewed the situation arising out of the ongoing agitation.

The state cabinet appealed to the agitating Jats to call off their agitation in the larger interest of the state.

The administration and the police were fully alert to meet any eventuality and the government has kept all its options open to deal with the situation, Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar told reporters after the Cabinet meet.


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