Hisar/Chandigarh/Lucknow: After being assured of the formation of a commission to look into their demands, Jats in Haryana suspended their pro-quota stir on Saturday which disrupted rail traffic in Northern India for three weeks. However, members of the community continued the agitation in Uttar Pradesh resorting to firing and arson.

The agitation was suspended after talks with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who had agreed to set up a Backward Classes Commission within a month to consider the demand for reservation, All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti General Secretary Satpal Choudhry and its state President Hawa Singh Sangwan announced at Mayyar village about 15 km from Hisar.

However, Jats in UP went on the rampage blocking roads, indulging in brick batting, opening fire, torching vehicles and holding government officials captive at separate places in Gautam Buddha Nagar district prompting the police to resort to lathicharge and arrest 12 protestors, officials in Lucknow said.

Around 250 members of Jat community led by one Manveer Tewatiya blocked road in Mirzapur village under Rabupur police station in GB Nagar district this afternoon, they said.

When Additional Superintendent of Police Rakesh Jolly and Additional District Magistrate O P Arya reached the spot and asked the protestors to lift the blockade, they allegedly indulged in brick batting and opened fire, sources said.

In retaliatory action, police resorted to lathicharge, fired tear gas shells and arrested 12 persons from the spot, they said.

Meanwhile, in Nilauni Shahpur village adjacent to Mirzapur officials and members of divisional task force led by executive engineer Krishna Kumar were held captive by the trouble-makers.

The agitators also torched four vehicles including a truck and three jeeps, sources said.

While all the members of the task force were rescued by police, deputy director of Welfare Department A K Verma could not be traced, they said.

Before the stir was suspended in Haryana a meeting was held in Mayyar village attended by their leaders including president of All India Jat Aarakshan Samiti Yashpal Malik, its general secretary Satpal Choudhary, state president Hawa Singh Sangwan and president of its Punjab unit Karnail Singh to discuss the outcome of the meeting with the Chief Minister.

After the meeting the Samiti leaders addressed the protestors informing them that Hooda had agreed to set up a Haryana Backward Classes Commission within a month to consider the demand of communities like Roar, Jat, Jat Sikh, Tagi, Bishnoi and others desiring to come under the ambit of the Backward Classes.

The meeting which was attended by thousands of Jats from all over the state ended with a resolution to suspend its agitation.

However, the Samiti has given an ultimatum to the Centre as well as the Haryana government to accept its demand for reservation in government jobs by September 13 and threatened to resume its agitation if they failed to meet the deadline.

The Jat agitation had paralysed rail traffic in many parts of north India for the past several days as the community members had been sitting on dharna on the tracks in 14 different parts of Haryana.

The agitation in Haryana has ended days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the state government to immediately get the rail tracks cleared of protesters to restore normal movement of trains.

The High Court had also directed all the groups spearheading the Jat agitation to exclude the blockade of trains from their agitational programmes with immediate effect.

The Supreme Court had also asked Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan governments to ensure that supply of essential commodities including water to the national capital was not disrupted in the wake of threats by Jats agitating for quota in central jobs.

Rail traffic was restored partially in Delhi division as well with the Jat agitators clearing the tracks.

Train services had been severely affected in the division due to the agitation since March 5.

According to the Railways, a total of 2,261 trains have been affected due to the agitation, of which 1,043 trains were cancelled, 415 trains diverted and 430 short terminated till date. The Railways has also suffered losses worth more than Rs 100 crore due to the stir.

Train movement on Jaipur-Delhi route, blocked by agitating Jats for the last several days, also resumed today.

According to a spokesman of the North Western Railway, the first train on the route left from Alwar station carrying 183 passengers this evening.

(Agencies)