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Jats to continue agitation after stand-off with Khattar

Jat leaders accused Khattar and his government of going back on assurances made to the Jat community on Thursday and earlier.



Chandigarh, March 17 : Accusing the BJP government in Haryana of hatching a “conspiracy” to weaken their agitation, the Jat community on Friday said they will continue with their protests across the state and will also lay siege to the national capital on March 20.

Talks between top Jat leaders and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, which were scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Friday, could not be held.

Jat leaders accused Khattar and his government of going back on assurances made to the Jat community on Thursday and earlier.

Jat leader Yashpal Malik told the media in Rohtak town, 70 km from Delhi, that the BJP government had hatched a conspiracy to weaken the Jat agitation by misleading the Jats.

He said Khattar left Delhi on Friday for Chandigarh without meeting the Jat leaders.

The meeting had been announced by the seniormost minister in the Haryana government, Ram Bilas Sharma, in Panipat on Thursday.

“The state government hatched a conspiracy against us and misled the people in order to weaken the agitation. The cancellation of the meeting with the Chief Minister has left us with no alternative but to continue the agitation,” Malik said.

The Jat agitation, which began on January 29, completed 48 days on Friday.

The Haryana government on Thursday held talks with Jat leaders in Panipat and claimed that the discussions were “positive”.

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, who led the Haryana government panel in the talks, said a final breakthrough was likely to be achieved by Friday.

The Jat leaders were earlier in talks with a five-member panel of senior government officers but the talks had remained inconclusive.

The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) had earlier announced that the community would intensify its agitation by taking their protest to Delhi on March 20.

The Jat leaders said that they would gherao entry points of Delhi from seven sides and protest at the Parliament complex.

The AIJASS, led by Jat leader Yashpal Malik, has been agitating to press for its demands in Haryana since January 29.

Talks between the state government and the Jat leaders hit a roadblock last month as the Haryana government made it clear that it has no jurisdiction to withdraw cases being investigated by the CBI against some Jat leaders over violence during the agitation last year.

Khattar accused the Jat leaders of changing goalposts.

Their demands include reservation for Jats, jobs to the next of kin of those killed in violence in the Jat agitation last year, compensation to those injured, withdrawal of cases against them and action against the officers, who ordered action against the Jats, among others.

Violence during the agitation last year had left 30 people dead and over 200 injured. Government and private property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was damaged during the violence in February 2016.

Khattar said in Chandigarh that the Jat leaders had backed out of the Friday talks.

“I am always prepared if the Jat leaders want to have a dialogue with me. Although my schedule for tomorrow is already fixed, I will be available for meeting Yashpal Mailk and other Jat leaders tomorrow in Chandigarh or Sonipat or Delhi.

“My sole purpose is to restore and maintain peaceful atmosphere in the state. The government is keen to move forward with all sections of the society,” Khattar said.


Nagpur journalist’s mother, minor daughter found murdered



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Nagpur, Feb 18: The mother and minor daughter of a Nagpur-based crime reporter were found murdered here on Sunday, police said.

Reported missing since Saturday, the bodies of Usha S. Kamble, 54, and her 18-month-old granddaughter Rashi were discovered by some people behind a school building in Sitabuldi area of the city on Sunday.

A crime reporter with a portal, Nagpur Times, Ravikant Kamble had reported that they had gone to the market near their residential area of Dighori on Saturday evening and never returned home.

Even as a search was launched for them, they were suspected of being kidnapped and were found murdered on Sunday, their throats slit and their bodies packed in a sack and thrown in a gutter.

Though the motive behind the double murder is being ascertained, police suspect professional or personal rivalry or financial disputes among the possible reasons.

Moving swiftly, Nagpur Police detained two suspects in connection with the double murder.

The murders sent shock waves among the people of Nagpur, which is the second capital of Maharashtra and the hometown of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also handles the home portfolio.


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Job seekers protest at Bihar railway stations



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Unemployed students protesting at Aara Junction station on February 16, 2018 .

Patna, Feb 18: Thousands of youths on Sunday staged violent protests and indulged in arson at three railway stations in Bihar against reducing the age limit for recruitment in the Railways, leading to services being disrupted for some time, police said.

The protests against the age limit reduction for Group D recruitment and reserving most of the seats for ITI holders in the Railways came two days after hundreds of unemployed youths protested at Ara train station.

On Sunday, the protesters, mostly job aspirants, demonstrated at Rafiganj railway station in Aurangabad district, Athamgola railway station in Patna district and Hajipur railway station in Vaishali district.

They forcibly stopped trains, blocked tracks, torched vehicles and threw stones at police officials in Rafiganj and Athamgola railway stations.

The protesters shouted slogans against the BJP-led Central government and displayed posters that read “hum pakoda nahi bechenge”, “protest against surgical strike on railway job aspirants”, “notify more jobs in railways”.

The protest left half a dozen police officials injured and services on the Gaya-Mughalsarai section of the East Central Railway disrupted for hours.

“Some pelted police with stones when officers tried to disperse them in which nearly a dozen of them were injured,” a district police official said.

The police opened fire to disperse the protesters in Rafiganj after they tried to ransack the railway station.


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Hyderabad student hangs self during video call with boyfriend



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Hyderabad, Feb 18: An MBA student hanged herself during a video call with her boyfriend at a hostel in Hyderabad, police said on Sunday.

The incident occurred at the private hostel in the city’s Kompally area on Saturday night.

According to the police, Hanisha Chowdhary resorted to the extreme step while talking to her boyfriend Dakshit Patel.

Chowdhary was shifted to a hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead.

The victim was from Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh.

A police officer said they have recovered the girl’s mobile phone and were investigating the the cause behind the suicide.


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