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27 Feb 2017

Jats to not celebrate Holi this year

Latest developments on Jat agitation

The 'All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti' (AIJASS) announced its decision to not celebrate Holi this year.

AIJASS's call for a 'black day' is to protest unfulfillment of reservations demands: Jats are seeking quota in education and government jobs under the OBC category.

Call to not celebrate Holi has received massive response and protesters have been asked to prepare for a Delhi siege.

In context

Latest developments on Jat agitation
Sharpening the attack

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Sharpening the attack

Jat leader Yashpal Malik has called on Jats to target business community.

Malik asked all supporters of their cause to refrain from shopping or transacting with businesses that refused to give their support for Jat community's demands in writing.

While addressing protesters in Jassia village, he asked the community to stop paying bills to government agencies such as electricity, water, loan repayments etc.

Jat leader urges Black Holi

Senior Jat leader Ashok Balhara: "So many of our community members have died in the last one year, while many are in jail. There has been immense injustice. We will observe Black Holi by not celebrating it."

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Symbolic

'Black day' to 'Black Holi'

In a door-to-door campaign, the organizing committee of the Jat stir were giving out black scarves to the women and the men were given black turbans to sport.

It appears that the Jat community may observe 'Black Holi' by not celebrating it: even last year Holi was low-key given massive violence in Haryana in February 2016 during the state-wide Jat agitation.

Blocking National highways

Jat leader Ashok Balhara said NH- 1, 8 and 10 passing through Haryana would be clogged by tractor-trailers moving towards Delhi. He added 50,000 Jat protesters would enter Delhi on March 2 and post-Holi, the number would be 5 crore.

Jats threaten to cut Delhi's milk supply

03 Mar 2017

Jats threaten to cut Delhi's milk supply

Jat leaders have threatened to cut off the supply of milk to Delhi, if their demands are not met.

Yashpal Malik, the president of the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti said, "we will not supply milk to private parties in Delhi for a day as a token protest."

He added that they would intensify their stir after Holi.

18 Mar 2017

Jat protests: No metro services in NCR from Sunday

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will shut all services outside the capital from Sunday, in light of the Jat protests. They did so at the direction of Delhi police.

Police have also ordered the gates of all stations to remain shut from 11:30 pm to avoid law and order issues.

The CISF has been ordered to deploy quick reaction forces as well.

Jat protests: Traffic restrictions in Delhi, Sec 144 in Haryana

19 Mar 2017

Jat protests: Traffic restrictions in Delhi, Sec 144 in Haryana

In light of the fresh agitations called for by Jat leaders, authorities have imposed traffic restrictions in Delhi and NCR, anticipating huge crowds and road blocks.

Section 144 has been imposed in "sensitive areas" in Haryana. Metro services have also been partly curbed in NCR areas.

The government has called for additional troops of the CRPF to maintain law and order.

19 Mar 2017

Haryana: Jat protests called off

Jat protesters have called off their protest in NCR after leaders of the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti had a meeting with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar.

According to reports, the protests have been deferred by 15 days. Severe traffic built-up along the Noida-Delhi link road due to barricading.

There has been a significant deployment of CRPF personnel in anticipation of the protests.

Jats call off protests, Delhi still on alert

20 Mar 2017

Jats call off protests, Delhi still on alert

Despite the Jat agitation being called off by Jat leaders, people in Delhi may face traffic woes as security checking for cars is still applicable today.

Police clarified that students appearing for the CBSE and UPSC examinations would be exempt from searches. Curbs on Metro services were revoked.

However, authorities have advised police to remain on alert to avoid any untoward incidents.

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