Army troops called in and curfew imposed in Northern India after caste clashes escalates
NEW DELHI: Indian government imposed curfew and deployed Army troops in northern India after caste clashes escalated.
The protest turned violent when police opened fired on the protesters.
Indian government called Army troops and issued shoot at sight orders .Army used helicopters to reach parts of Rohtak as protesters put up blockheads at several places.
At least 5,000 paramilitary troops are deployed to control the violence.
Army conducted a flag march and patrolling in the area.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal said “I appeal to the people especially the youth to stop the protests. Nothing will be gained by destroying property.”
Jat caste is protesting for their rights and demanding quotas in government jobs and education.
The protesters damaged railway tracks and burnt stations due to which services remained suspended.
Protesters had also targeted vehicles, buildings, offices in many towns.
President of National Jat organization Yashpal Malik claimed “The protest will only end when government accepts our demands. We won’t get carried away by false assurance now.”
At least one person died and 81 injured in incidents of violence.
Schools remained closed and mobile and internet service were also suspended in many areas.