Jat leaders postpone protest for 15 days after talks with Haryana CM

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The Haryana police had blocked all roads that led to Delhi on Sunday to prevent agitators from entering the capital.

In a bid to pacify the agitating Jat community, who is set to hold protests across the state demanding reservations in government jobs, colleges and schools, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier in the day, urged the protestors to meet him and other state ministers at the Haryana Bhawan here.

Regarding other demands, he said the state government will "re-assess" the cases registered between 2010 and 2017 against the Jat protesters, the next of kin of those killed and handicapped during those protests will be given permanent jobs and the role of officers will be probed so that strict action can be taken against the guilty.

"As we have been assured that out demands will be met, we have chose to post-pone our march towards Delhi", he added while speaking to reporters after the meeting.

The Metro stations in Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad will remain open as usual on Monday, but commuters will not be allowed to exit at four Yellow Line stations - Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhavan and Lok Kalyan Marg.

"Suspended Delhi Kooch after agreement with the Haryana Government on all issues", Jat leader Yashpal Malik told the media.

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The decision was reached at meetings held between Khattar and Jat leaders. They have also demanded reservation in education and jobs for the community.

In a big sigh of relief for Delhiites, the impending Jat agitation crisis in the National Capital Region was averted on Sunday after Jat leaders made a decision to put their "Delhi Gherao" protest on hold for 15 days after reaching a truce with the Haryana government.

He said the reservation process at centre will begin after the appointment of a chairman and members of the National Commission for Backward Classes.

Malik said the Jats will not undertake the proposed march to Parliament on Monday. Delhi could not afford this agitation at least at this time when Parliament is in session. Protesters and security personnel were injured. "We are committed to resolve this issue", Khattar said.

Around 30 people were killed and more than 300 people injured when a similar agitation by the Jats had resulted in large-scale violence in Haryana in February a year ago. "The state government has agreed to our demands", Yashpal Malik told the press after the meeting. He added that the community will call off its dharna from most places in the state, barring few where it will carry on symbolic protests.

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