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Death toll in Jat unrest reaches 12: Haryana Govt.


Rohtak: Jat community members torch motorcyles during their agitation for reservation in Rohtak on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI2_18_2016_000308B) *** Local Caption ***

Chandigarh: Additional Chief Home Secretary of Haryana P.K. Das on Sunday confirmed that the death toll due to the Jat agitation has reached to 12.

“We have deployed the army and the paramilitary forces in eight districts. We have also deployed the forces wherever it is being required at the moment. One died in Akbarpur Barota near Munak Canal, probably one person also died in Hansi (Hisar) in internal clashes. One more person was killed today. The total death toll is 12,” Das told the media here.

“We have brought some forces from Bahadurgarh to Rohtak by air. Looking at the sensitivity in Gohana, we have sent forces there also. Rohtak was peaceful today. There were some clashes in Jhajjar where the police intervened,” he added.

Das stated that some problems erupted in the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway, adding that additional forces in Rewari were deployed.

“I would say that it is not appropriate to stop water supply to Delhi. I would request the people there to think about the situation. NH-1 is closed and the road between Ganor and Bahargarh is also closed. The Delhi-Hisar is also closed. Railway track in two sections is closed-Ambala-Delhi and Delhi-Rohtak,” he added.

Das also said that curfew has also been imposed in Kaithal and the situation in Rohtak is under control.

Earlier, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana Government decided to give reservation to members of the Jat community, who have been protesting for the last seven days.

The decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with the Jat leaders, who have been demanding reservation in government jobs.

The Jat stir also hit Delhi with the Centre asking the Haryana Government to ensure that the water supply to the national capital is not disrupted.