Members of the Jat community from various states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi have travelled to Jantar Mantar for a protest against the central government demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions. People from Jat community and the president of All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Yashpal Malik, call this protest a Jat Nyay Dharna.
Who is protesting?
The members of Jat community from various states have come together to protest in the national capital, Delhi, under the leadership of All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. The president of this group has threatened that in case people from Jat community are restricted from entering Delhi in any way, the protest may turn violent.
Reasons behind the protest
This protest by the Jat community is done in order to get their demands fulfilled and the demands include that they get reservation in government jobs and in educational institutions. The reason behind the rally is to put pressure on the Central government to listen to them and give them what they ask for.
Their demands also include that the people who were arrested during the Jat protest last year, be released and the cases that were charged upon them be withdrawn. They also demanded that the family members and relatives of the people who died last year for the same cause be awarded with government jobs. Around 30 people were said to be dead during the protest last year.
Problems faced by the people
The number of participants who have joined the rally is quite high as people from many places have come together. More than 10,000 people are expected to gather at Jantar Mantar for the rally. Therefore, police officers have been deployed at various places so that in case of emergency, everything can be handled. They have also threatened that if the police does not let them rally peacefully, the rally may turn violent.
As police have set up posts at borders of the city, people travelling to the areas of Delhi NCR – Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad and other areas – may face some problems. If there will be any requirement to divert the traffic, proper actions will be taken.
As per a senior police official, protesters who are coming to delhi from outside will be allowed to enter the city only if they are travelling via buses. No other mode of transport like tractors or bullock will be allowed to enter the city so that traffic can be kept under control. The police officers are also taking care that no one carries any weapons with them, so the protesters are properly frisked at the borders itself and allowed to enter only after taking away any harmful things from them, if they carry any.
“We will not allow anyone with stick, weapons, raw food like rice, and stove. Exemption to carry stick will be given to elderly people who may have difficulty in walking. The permission for the peaceful protest has been given after assurance from them that they will only come in buses”, said the police official.
Steps taken by the Jats
The last year protest had been very violent with death of around 30 people and damage to a lot of property. This year, the All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti has decided to go with peace. “From today, we have decided to start a non-cooperation movement”, said the AIJASS president Yashpal Malik.
The Jat community has decided not to supply milk and stop paying utility bills and loan repayments that were taken by then from the central government. They will be submitting a demand memorandum to the president Pranab Mukherjee, the date of which has not been decided yet.