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And Now, Jats Threaten To Disrupt CWG

Chandigarh, Sept 23 :  Even as the Haryana government claims to have brokered peace with protesters in the state seeking inclusion in OBC list, members of the Jat community today threatened to disrupt the supply
PTI September 23, 2010 16:41 IST
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Chandigarh, Sept 23 :  Even as the Haryana government claims to have brokered peace with protesters in the state seeking inclusion in OBC list, members of the Jat community today threatened to disrupt the supply of essential commodities, including milk, to the national capital during the Commonwealth Games.

"Our protest at various places will continue till Jats are included in the list of OBC,"  Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti president Yashpal Malik told reporters here. Malik claimed that Jats will stage demonstrations in the form of blocking rail and road traffic to the national capital during the games period to press for their demand.

"Our men will stage demonstrations at over 100 places and if the government would use force against us then it will be responsible for any consequences," he said.

Recently, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had claimed that Jats had withdrawn their agitation as their demand had been forwarded to the Centre.

However, Malik said that "we will stop supply of milk, curd to the national capital during the games period."  He said that Jats had purchased several tickets for the games so that as spectators they can register their protest by showing black flags outside and inside the venues.

He accused the centre of not accepting their demand of including them in the list of OBC.  He, however, said that "if satisfied with talks by any representative of the centre, the Jats will call off their agitation."

He said that Jats will show black flags as protest against the Queen's Baton relay, though he asserted that their protests would be peaceful.

On the issue of violence during protest as happened recently in Hisar, Malik said that it was some anti-social elements who were trying to take mileage from our protest. PTI