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Jat quota stir: Curfew lifted from Kaithal, Kalayat towns

Jat quota stir: Curfew lifted from Kaithal, Kalayat towns

Kaithal town was brought under curfew on Sunday afternoon even as fresh incidents of arson and violence left two more dead taking the toll in the eight-day-long stir to 12.

Chandigarh: Curfew was on Sunday lifted from Kaithal and Kalayat after protests in the two towns subsided following the Central government's announcement of setting up a committee under a senior Union Minister to examine the quota demand for the community in government jobs.

"Curfew has been lifted from Kaithal and Kalayat...The protesters have started clearing road blockades in many areas," an official spokesman said.

Kaithal town was brought under curfew on Sunday afternoon even as fresh incidents of arson and violence left two more dead taking the toll in the eight-day-long stir to 12.

It was the ninth town where curfew was imposed. The others being Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Jind, Hissar, Hansi, Sonipat and Gohana town of Sonipat district.

Also, the Meham Chaubisi khap, which represents 24 villages of Meham sub-division in Rohtak, after a meeting announced that it will help bring back normalcy to the district.

A late night announcement by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi said that a committee headed by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has been formed to look into the demand for reservation in central government jobs for Jats.
first published:February 22, 2016, 08:13 IST