Hisar: The government on Sunday released 101 Jat protestors to end the ongoing standoff with the community demanding reservation in government jobs and schools. However, the community organization has refused to call off the stir.

The courts in Hisar and Tohana ordered release of 74 and 29 Jat protesters respectively. They were arrested on charges of arson and violence during the over three-week-long agitation.

After being released from the jail, the state president of the Jat Arakshan Samiti Dharampal Dhariwal told reporters the committee has not withdrawn the stir. 

“The final decision will be taken at Mayar panchayat after the cremation of Sandeep, who was killed in clash between protesters and Rapid Action Force personnel on March 6,” said Dhariwal.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was likely to meet the protesters, did not turn up in view of official commitments at Chandigarh.

It needs to be mentioned that 100 people were arrested during the Jat agitation to press for job reservation under OBC quota. Activists under the banner of Jat Reservation Action Committee blocked the Delhi-Dehradun National Highway near Bensi village in Muzaffarnagar and in neighbouring Prabudhnagar district bordering Haryana. Agitators also blocked Karnal-Meerut highway near Jhinjhana town.