Sporadic incidents of violence continued in some areas in Rohtak and Sonepat in Haryana on Monday as Jat protesters resorted to blocking roads to demand reservation in government jobs.

The Jat blockade hit the Delhi-Ambala highway.

Curfew was lifted from Hissar and Hansi towns in Haryana on Monday, but road and rail traffic remained suspended. Curfew was lifted in view of the improvement in the situation, said officials, adding security personnel would keep a close watch of the situation.

Road traffic on national and state highways from Hissar to various destinations, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Sirsa, Siwani and Bhiwani remained suspended.

Railway services from Hissar, including to Delhi, were not operational.

The Jat community is demanding a written assurance that the community be given reservation in government jobs under the Other Backward Classes category.  At least 11 people have been killed and 150 others injured in the violent protests so far.

The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti is to hold a meeting on Monday and decide on the future course of action, including lifting of blockade, the forum head Ram Bhagat Malik said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced setting up of a committee to examine the quota demand by the Jats, Malik said.

In relief to the national capital, normal water supply from Haryana is likely to be restored by evening after the Indian Army stepped in to remove the Jat protesters from the Munak canal that supplies Delhi with most of its water. The Jat protesters disrupted the water supply.

Curfew, which had been clamped in the towns in view of the volatile situation, was lifted on Sunday evening from Kaithal and Kalayat while on Monday it was lifted from Hisar and Hansi. A one-hour relaxation was given in worst-affected Rohtak town.

“The situation is peaceful, the roads are open, the other minor blockades will be opened soon,” KK Rao, Haryana Police, said.

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