Jat agitators block Hisar-Delhi road, rail tracks

March 7th, 2012 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS  

Hisar (Haryana), March 7 (IANS) Tension ran high in this Haryana district as members of the Jat community, seeking quotas in government jobs, blocked the national highway to Delhi and railway tracks Wednesday, a day after a youth was killed in police firing.

The youth, Sandeep, 20, was killed early Tuesday as Haryana police attempted to remove protesting Jats from the railway track near Ramayan and Mayyar villages in this district, 300 km from Chandigarh.

Angry Jat leaders said Wednesday morning that they would put the body of the victim on the highway till the government took action.

Nearly 25 protestors were injured in the police action Tuesday. Of these, 10 were seriously injured and admitted to hospitals here and in Rohtak.

Jat community agitators blocked the Hisar-Delhi national highway and the railway track connecting both places. The protestors could be seen lying down on the tracks Wednesday.

The Jat community has been agitating for the last few days, seeking reservation in government jobs for the community in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.

They blamed Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for going back on earlier promises and using delaying tactics and force to break up the Jat agitation.

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