Jats paralyze traffic in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, Feb 21 (IANS) Jats backing their community’s demand for job quotas in Haryana on Sunday paralyzed traffic in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district bordering Delhi, police said.

Jat leaders from across the rural areas assembled at Hapur junction, at Duhai on National Highway-58 and near the Lal Kuan Atma Steel factory on National Highway-24 and halted road traffic.

Another group of Jat leaders staged a sit-in outside the residence of union minister and BJP MP V.K. Singh and burnt his effigy and submitted a memorandum to the city magistrate.

The memorandum said Jats in Haryana should get job reservation in state service and the Jats of nine other states in central services.

A group of Jats stopped a train at Duhai and blocked road traffic at Loni.

Police personnel were deployed in large numbers at the Abupur water treatment plan on Upper Ganga Canal from where water is supplied to Delhi.

“No untoward incident has occurred at the water supply point,” said Superintendent of Police R.K. Pandey.

Some Jats stopped traffic on the Delhi-Saharanpur road at Behta Hazipur but the police persuaded them to let the traffic move, police said.

“Overall the situation in Ghaziabad is under control. Jat leaders were allowed to protest but no violence was allowed,” said Additional Deputy Magistrate Preety Jaiswal.

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