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Jat stir escalates in Haryana

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 18:15

Haryana: Violence triggered by the Jat agitation for reservation spread to more areas in Haryana on Saturday, with reports saying protesters set fire to vehicles and public and private property and blocked roads and the railway track. Four persons were reportedly killed and several injured in the State as security forces opened fire.

The Centre held discussions on the deteriorating law-and-order situation. In New Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval held discussions.

Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha reviewed the situation and spoke to the Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police. An official said Mr. Sinha asked the State government to ensure the security of people and property.

Security personnel resorted to firing after protests erupted in Rohtak and Jhajjar districts, taking the death toll to five. A hospital official in Rohtak said two persons were brought dead to the Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak and one critically injured patient died after an operation. An official of the Jhajjar civil hospital said one patient was brought dead with a bullet injury.

Reports say 14 patients with bullet injuries have been brought to the PGIMS from Rohtak and Jhajjar districts. There are also reports of injuries due to firing during a clash between Jats and other communities at Jaggabara village of Hansi.

Curfew has been clamped in more towns, including Jind, Hisar, Hansi, Sonipat and Gohana.