Jat stir: Virendra Sehwag appeals agitators to shun violence

New Delhi: In the backdrop of ongoing Jat agitation demanding reservation, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag today appealed to protestors to shun violence and allow people to return to their normal routine."The country's defence forces, the
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IANS February 21, 2016 14:55 IST

New Delhi: In the backdrop of ongoing Jat agitation demanding reservation, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag today appealed to protestors to shun violence and allow people to return to their normal routine.

"The country's defence forces, the sports world and others have made the country proud. We must concentrate and use our energies towards the upliftment of Indian society," the Jat cricketer tweeted on a day when the protests continued for the eighth day.

Requesting his fellow community-members to abjure from violence and put forth their demands in a constitutional manner, the former India opener wrote: "We are the protectors and not violators."

Fresh incidents of violence were today reported in Haryana with Jat protesters in Bhiwani and Sonipat districts setting afire two police chowkis, shops and an ATM even as authorities mounted aerial surveillance in the worst-hit areas and the Army staged flag marches. The Jat stir also hit Delhi with the Arvind Kejriwal government announcing closure of schools tomorrow as part of water rationing after supply from Haryana was hit.

As violent protests by Jats demanding quota entered eighth day today, Haryana Minister Anil Vij made it clear that talks cannot be held with a "mob" and said Jats should form a committee to hold parleys with the state government.

Police arrested 50 people in connection with the incidents of violence and arson. So far ten persons have been killed in firing by security personnel "to quell arson and firing" by the protesters while 154 FIRs have been registered.

Road and rail traffic through Haryana and destined to neighbouring states, including Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Chandigarh remained disrupted with authorities cancelling services on most routes in the wake of continuing blockade.: In the backdrop of ongoing Jat agitation demanding reservation, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag today appealed to protestors to shun violence and allow people to return to their normal routine.

"The country's defence forces, the sports world and others have made the country proud. We must concentrate and use our energies towards the upliftment of Indian society," the Jat cricketer tweeted on a day when the protests continued for the eighth day.

Requesting his fellow community-members to abjure from violence and put forth their demands in a constitutional manner, the former India opener wrote: "We are the protectors and not violators."

Fresh incidents of violence were today reported in Haryana with Jat protesters in Bhiwani and Sonipat districts setting afire two police chowkis, shops and an ATM even as authorities mounted aerial surveillance in the worst-hit areas and the Army staged flag marches. The Jat stir also hit Delhi with the Arvind Kejriwal government announcing closure of schools tomorrow as part of water rationing after supply from Haryana was hit.

As violent protests by Jats demanding quota entered eighth day today, Haryana Minister Anil Vij made it clear that talks cannot be held with a "mob" and said Jats should form a committee to hold parleys with the state government.

Police arrested 50 people in connection with the incidents of violence and arson. So far ten persons have been killed in firing by security personnel "to quell arson and firing" by the protesters while 154 FIRs have been registered.

Road and rail traffic through Haryana and destined to neighbouring states, including Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Chandigarh remained disrupted with authorities cancelling services on most routes in the wake of continuing blockade. 

 
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