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Delhi Gherao postponed; next decision on March 26: Jats leader Yashpal Malik

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New Delhi, March 19: Jat protesters have postponed ‘Delhi Gherao’ after talks with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Khattar had urged protestors to meet him and other ministers after they had announced ahead of the wide scale agitation across Delhi-NCR demanding reservation in government jobs, schools and colleges.

This has brought a big relief to worries that were brought in after the protest call by Jats on March 20. Haryana CM is addressing a press conference after the meeting with Jat leaders.

CM Khattar has appealed the protestors to cooperate and maintain peace and harmony.

Meanwhile, Yashpal Malik, leader of Jats said, “We’ve assured government that tomorrow’s Delhi Kooch programme has been suspended and now Jats would not come to Delhi.”

Will take decision on coming protests in a state executive meeting on March 26: Yashpal Malik, Jat leader

Ahead of his meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Jat agitation leader Yashpal Malik had said he has seven core issues and he is hopeful of resolving them through dialogue.

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This is a major statement by the leader of Jat Stir, as failure of today’s meeting could bring National Capital Delhi to a standstill from Monday. It would disrupt public transport.

After reassurance from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar about their cause, the Jat community in the morning confirmed to meet the leader today. 

Jat leader Yashpal Malik has confirmed the scheduled meeting with the Chief Minister at 12 p.m. today.

Read More: Jat Protest call: Delhi Noida Link Road at standstill

Read More: Four Haryana cops injured in clash with Jats

Earlier in the morning today, Khattar government has said they are serious about the issues of the Jat community.

On March 16, a meeting took place between the (jat) agitators and the government officials, during that some confusion emerged. The government is serious about the agitators’ concern. It is our foremost duty to uphold peace and fraternity in the state. We are committed to resolve this issue,” Khattar said.

Hence, I, along with other ministers, urge the agitating people to come to the Haryana Bhawan at 12 p.m. today and talk to us. I and (Minister of State for Law and Justice) P. P. Choudhary along with other ministers will be waiting. We all believe in ‘Haryana eik and Haryanvi eik’ and uphold the welfare of the state,” he added.

As a security measure, a total of 124 paramilitary companies have been deployed for controlling agitation in Haryana tomorrow. The Delhi Police has also issued a traffic advisory to the people in view of the agitation. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will also suspend its train services to and from all stations outside Delhi from 11.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Read More: Delhi Police announce closure of routes ahead of Jat Stir

On Wednesday, the Jat protesters announced that they will begin their stir in Delhi on March 20.

They gave a call for the march to besiege Parliament and to hold dharnas on the Delhi border, blocking all highways, to press for their demands for reservation.

Apart from reservation, the Jats have also been demanding jobs to the next of kin of those killed in violence in the agitation last year, compensation to those injured, withdrawal of cases against them and action against officers who ordered action against the Jats

Wefornews Bureau (with ANI inputs)

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Four dead in Muzaffarnagar Explosion

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Lucknow, June 25: At least four people dead and three injured in an explosion at a scrap shop in Muzaffarnagar’s Civil Lines area on Monday. 

Bomb disposal squad present at the spot, further investigation underway.

Eyewitness accounts suggest that the owner of the junk shop was hammering a pointed object when the explosion took place.

Muzaffaranagar Senior Superintendent of Police Anant Dev stated the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) and the Army would soon join the probe.

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Mumbai Rains: Wall Collapses in Wadala, Cars trapped

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Mumbai, June 25: At least Seven cars were damaged and several trapped after a wall of an under-construction building collapsed at Vidyalankar road in Wadala’s Antop Hill due to heavy rains. 

As torrential rains clobbered large areas of Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, at least five people lost their lives in rain-related incidents, news agency IANS reported.

Following water-logging traffic and Mumbai’s lifeline, the suburban locals are affected.

Local trains are running between 15-30 minutes late and a periphery of several stations like Sion, Chinchpokli and Matunga, inconveniencing office-goers due to continuous rainfall.

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No more trees in Delhi to be cut till July 4, says High Court

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New Delhi, June 25: No trees will be cut in Delhi for now, the High Court said on Monday, putting on hold a controversial mega-project that requires the cutting of 17,000 trees in the city to make way for government officers’ houses and a commercial complex.

“Has the tree-cutting been approved by the green tribunal,” the court questioned as it put off the project till July 4, the next hearing.

The High Court will hear the matter next on July 4, while. The National Green Tribunal will hear the matter on July 2.

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