The BJP government in Haryana has decided to withdraw all cases against Jat protesters who went on the rampage in the state two years back after an influential organisation representing the community has threatened to disrupt a motorcycle rally to be led by BJP chief Amit Shah in Jind.
In February 2016, Jat agitators demanding reservation hit the streets, destroying property, looting and burning down buildings. A total of 31 people were killed and nearly 150 injured in the violence. The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry had pegged the loss to property at Rs 34,000 crore.
In three days, the state machinery completely collapsed and Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government continues to face criticism for what is seen as his big governance failure.
Almost 2,100 FIRs were lodged against hundreds of protesters for murder, attempt to murder, rioting, blocking roads, attacking government servants, among others.
Now, two years later, the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has announced that 50,000 tractor trolleys will block Amit Shah’s motorcycle rally to protest against what it claims the government’s failure in fulfilling its demands.