Jat Quota Protests: 10 Dead, 150 Injured, Says Haryana Police

21/02/2016 3:55 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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BAHADURGARH, INDIA - FEBRUARY 20: Jat community members protest demanding reservation in government services on February 20, 2016 in Bahadurgarh, India. A mob of around 10,000 people carrying weapons from the surrounding villages of Rohtak were also seen vandalising private property. Police and army have not been able to reach the area as yet. At least one person was killed and 20 others were injured on Saturday in Haryana's Jhajjar after Indian Army personnel fired on Jat protestors, demanding reservation in jobs and education, turned violent and tried to set government buildings on fire. Jat leaders rejected the offer made by the state government and said that the stir would continue till their demand is met. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

CHANDIGARH -- Ten persons have been killed and about 150 injured during the ongoing Jat stir, Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal said today even as he underlined that his priority was to restore water supply to Delhi and clear road and rail blockades.

"According to the information we have so far, in entire state 10 people have been killed and about 150 injured," he said.

According to police sources, four persons injured yesterday in firing in Jhajjar succumbed to injuries last night, taking the death toll to 10.

The 10 killed belonged to Jhajjar, Rohtak and Kaithal districts.

The DGP said his top priority was to restore disrupted water supply to Delhi from Haryana which has got affected due to the Jat stir.

Disruption in water supply to Delhi from Haryana's Munak canal due to the Jat agitation has severely affected water supply to the national capital.

"Our first priority is to restore Delhi's water supply, from Akbarpur Barota point (in Sonipat). Police, para forces and technical team of Haryana's Irrigation department has reached there and we are trying to restore it immediately so that Delhi residents are not inconvenienced," the DGP, who addressed a press conference along with Home Secretary P K Das, said.

Singhal said that so far close to 50 people have been rounded up for indulging in violence and arson and action is being taken against them as per law.

"We came up with district-wise plan of action, which we implemented and because of which we are seeing positive results," he said, adding security forces had also launched "night dominance" because of which "positive results" had started coming out.

Asked if protesters had blocked many new points between Kaithal and Ambala, besides blocking the crucial Shimla highway in Panchkula district, he said, "We are verifying these. We will initiate appropriate action in this regard".

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