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Army column opens fire in Jhajjar

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At least one person was reportedly killed in Jhajjar district of Haryana on Saturday when an Army column resorted to firing to disperse the crowd after one of the Jat protests turned violent, an Army official said.

The Army conducted a flag march in tense areas of the State and used helicopters to reach parts of Rohtak district.

It airdropped troops in locations where its columns couldn’t reach by road because of blockades.

Army sources said that in many areas the roads were not only blocked but were also dug up.

“Wherever necessary we airdropped the troops,” one officer said.

While the Army did not specify how many helicopter operations were undertaken, it said 33 columns, each comprising 80 soldiers, were on the ground in nine districts. The densest deployment is in Rohtak.

Meanwhile, Director-General of Police Y.P. Singhal said 13 columns of the Army reached the State and were assisting the administration. Ten more columns were being airlifted. “In addition, 10 companies of paramilitary forces have reached the State and 23 more are on their way. These were either being air-lifted or reaching by road,” he said.

The Union Home Secretary agreed to deploy 10 more companies in the state. The agitation began as Jats demanded reservation for the community in government jobs and educational institutions.

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