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Hry seeks central forces as Jat, oppn threaten to disrupt Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

With a Jat outfit threatening to disrupt Amit Shah's bike rally in on February 15, the government has sought 150 companies of central forces to deal with the situation. All Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chief had cited non-fulfilment of a number of the group's demands as the reason behind the plan to block the BJP chief's rally with nearly 50,000 tractor trolleys. "The state has sought 150 companies of central forces. We are closely monitoring the situation. We are holding a high- level meeting tomorrow," of Police (DGP) B S Sandhu said today. Top officials of the police and civil administration in the state, including DGP Sandhu, of Police Mohd Akil, (Rohtak Range) Navdeep Singh Virk, S S among others, were keeping a close watch on the situation, an said. Meanwhile, Opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) said today it would seek answers from Shah on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue. "We will ask him why is not being completed despite clear directions from the Supreme Court. SYL is our lifeline, we will ask him why its construction is being delayed.

If we do not get a satisfactory reply from him then we will not allow his rally," senior INLD leader said. The AIJASS would hold a "Bhaichara Nyaya Yatra" in on February 15 to seek answers from government for allegedly not fulfilling promises made to the Jat community, Malik said. "We will hold a roadshow in on February 15 in which at least 50,000 tractor trolleys will be used, to oppose the BJP government's failure to meet our demands," he added. Malik said the Jats and the government had arrived at an agreement in a meeting held in last year. "However, the government has not fulfilled the demands which they agreed to at the meeting... Our legitimate demand of quota should be met, all cases registered against our community members should be withdrawn and suitable compensation to those who were injured in the quota stir should be given," the AIJASS said. Malik maintained that he and other Jat quota leaders had also met Shah in August last year and requested him to expedite the withdrawal of cases against the Jats and the implementation of other demands. "However, the the had slowed down the process thereafter," he alleged. Notably, the government had recently given its nod to the withdrawal of 70 FIRs registered in connection with the February 2016 Jat quota stir violence. During the past nearly two years, the government has approved withdrawal of 223 cases, in which a total of 2,027 people were accused, had said earlier. had clarified that no case pertaining to heinous crimes like murder, would to be withdrawn. These cases were filed in February 2016 after the Jat quota stir in the state turned violent. Around 30 people were killed and more than 300 people injured when the agitation led in large-scale violence. Amit Shah's upcoming rally in on February 15 would be participated by nearly one lakh bikers. Officials plan to deploy the majority of the central forces there to ensure the visit passes off smoothly. The district authorities were making elaborate arrangements to ensure the event passes off peacefully, the officials added.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 23:25 IST
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