Police to scale down traffic restrictions tomorrow after Jat agitation postponed

Andrew Cummings
March 20, 2017

Jat leaders chose to call off their agitation after a marathon four-hour meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and two Union Ministers Birender Singh and P P Chaudhary who both are Jats.

The traffic flow in the city is likely to be hit severely as the agitators have announced that the magnitude of the protest will be large this time and it will be felt across Delhi.

Delhi police today made a decision to scale down the traffic restrictions imposed for tomorrow, following the postponement of Jat agitation.

Despite the Jat agitation being called off, heavy police deployment and security checks in New Delhi district might delay commuters on Monday.

"Security measures have been put in place at examination centres so that students and their guardians may not face any problem", the DGP said in an advisory issued here today. "All entry gates of all Metro stations outside Delhi shall remain closed from 11.30pm on March 19 till closure of arrangements by Delhi Police".

Meanwhile, 18 police personnel, including an SP and a DSP, were among 35 injured when Jat protesters clashed with the police on being prevented from marching towards Delhi.

Around 30 people were killed and more than 300 people injured when a similar agitation by the Jats had resulted in large-scale violence in Haryana in February past year.

In a recent update, it has been reported that Delhi Metro services on all metro stations in Delhi-NCR will remain open today and thereafter.

"We've assured the government that tomorrow's Delhi Kooch programme has been suspended and now Jats would not come to Delhi", Malik said.

All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chairperson Yashpal Malik, the leader of the agitation seated besides Khattar, said the jats have "full trust on the intentions" of the government. "It will be lifted only after monitoring the situation", said special commissioner Dependra Pathak.

In a major breakthrough, the Centre and Haryana government successfully convinced the Jats to call off their quota agitation scheduled for Monday in the national capital.

"When the Punjab and Haryana High Court decides the case, the Jats will be included in the reservation list under Schedule 9 of the Constitution".

Apart from reservation, the Jats have also been demanding jobs to the next of kin of those killed in violence in the agitation a year ago, compensation to those injured, withdrawal of cases against them and action against officers who ordered action against the Jats. Jaats have been sitting on dharna in various parts of Haryana since January 29th.

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