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Centre on high alert; Haryana CM Khattar invites Jat leaders for talks

SNS | New Delhi |

The Centre is on high alert and has mobilised heavy security forces even as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday invited Jat community leaders for talks in Delhi ahead of their proposed agitation programme.

"The government is serious about resolving the issue. To maintain peace and brotherhood in the state is our first priority," Khattar said.

The Jat community leaders have decided to intensify their agitation, demanding quotas in government jobs and education. The agitation has been under way for 50 days. Now, the community plans to intensify the protest and storm Parliament.

Meanwhile, to prevent any chaotic and tragic situation in view of the Jat protests, the Centre has called out the Army and mobilised 24,700 paramilitary personnel in Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Also, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC have been imposed and Internet services suspended in many 'sensitive' districts of Haryana, including in Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonepat.

Khattar would be holding the talks with Jat community leaders, along with Union Minister of State for Law and Justice P P Chaudhary and Union Minister Birender Singh.

DGP KP Singh said all security measures have been taken and all highways and roads are opened so that people may travel through the state without any fear.

The All-India Jat Aarkashan Sangarsh Samiti has been spearheading the ongoing quota stir which entered its 50th day on Sunday.

On March 16, a Haryana ministerial panel led by senior Minister Ram Bilas Sharma had held talks with the Jats in Panipat, after which he said that an agreement had been reached with the community and the deadlock could end soon.

"Whatever confusion arose earlier, will be removed. Whatever has been decided at the March 16 meeting, we will look to move forward from there," Khattar added.

(With inputs from agencies)