Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar Heckled In Rohtak, Epicentre of Jat Protests

Chief Minister ML Khattar assured the people that they would be "fully compensated" for their losses during the violent protests.

Chandigarh/Rohtak: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was heckled by angry residents today when he visited Rohtak, the district worst affected by the 10-day Jat agitation. Angry traders also hurled shoes at Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda when he reached Rohtak to meet them. The chief minister is in Delhi now to meet union minister Venkaih Naidu.

Here are the 10 latest developments in this story:

  1. As slogans were raised against him in Rohtak, the chief minister assured the people that they would be "fully compensated" for their losses in the looting and destruction of property during the violent protests. He assured a thorough probe into the violence and action against  officials found not to have done their duty

  2. From Rohtak, Mr Khattar and two of his ministers headed to Delhi to meet Mr Naidu who heads a committee that is examining the Jat community's demand for reservation. The BJP rules both in Haryana and at the Centre. Mr Naidu will meet all party MPs from Haryana at his house tomorrow morning.

  3. Angry traders hurled shoes towards former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda when he arrived in Rohtak to meet those who had suffered losses in the protests. He had to leave for Delhi after district authorities asked him not to stay on in Rohtak, citing security reasons.

  4. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has today asked the Haryana government to file a status report on the agitation by Monday next. Haryana has been held hostage for the last 10 days by the Jat protestors who are demanding reservation in colleges and government jobs.

  5. Two people were killed in fresh violence in Rohtak and Sonepat yesterday, taking the total number of deaths in the protests to 18. 200 people have been injured.

  6. Protestors have blocked national highways and burnt property including classrooms and buses in schools. They have also damaged shops, private vehicles, railway stations, a mall, ATMs and several canals and water treatment plants. 850 trains have been cancelled and 500 factories closed.

  7. The agitation was officially called off after Jat leaders met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday, but protests have continued in several parts of the Haryana, with protesters demanding written assurances from the government that their demands will be met.

  8. Curfew is still imposed in five Haryana districts - Rohtak, Sonepat, Bhiwani, Rewari and Jind. Schools in these four districts remained closed for the third day today as the administration reviews the situation. The Army continues to patrol worst-affected areas.

  9. Jats in Haryana have been demanding the benefits of affirmative action for years. The previous Congress government had announced "Special Backward Caste" for the community in 2013, but the Punjab and Haryana High Court stalled the move last year.

  10. The Supreme Court has rejected the inclusion of Jats in the Centre's OBC list on the ground that the National Commission of Backward Castes does not consider them socially and economically backward in Haryana.