Friday, December 8, 2023

Stay continues on Jat quota

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to vacate its May 26 stay order on quotas granted by the Haryana government in jobs and educational institution to Jats and five other communities in the state. It will hear the matter again on June 13.

Justices Arun Palli and Daya Chaudhary directed that all the individuals involved should file their replies by June 10.

Meanwhile, the Jats renewed their agitation for reservation from June 5. They are being supported by All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) led by Yashpal Malik.

Nine of the 21 districts of Haryana were on high alert on the first day of the agitation. Areas such as Rohtak, Sonipat,  Bhiwani, Jind, Jhajjar, Fatehabad, Hisar, Panipat and Kaithal were put on high alert. In Sonipat, Section 144 was imposed. Sonipat and Rohtak also banned internet services. As many as 55 companies of paramilitary force were deployed in Haryana to control the agitation. 

In February, Haryana had witnessed wide-spread violence by the Jats when the community held agitations across the state. The state saw the killing of over 30 persons while 320 persons were injured. Property worth crores was damaged and the state was crippled for over 10 days.

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