Haryana: Khaps threaten to ‘socially isolate’ youths who fill Agniveer forms

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Protesters gather near the statue of Chhotu Ram in Sampla
ROHTAK: Khap leaders and farm agitation representatives on Wednesday announced to “socially isolate” youths who fill form or participate in the Agnipath recruitment scheme.
A panchayat was called on Wednesday at Sampla town of Rohtak district in which representatives of various khaps from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan & Punjab and members of student organisations participated.
An indefinite sit-in was also started at Chhotu Ram statue in Sampla to extend full support to youths protesting against the scheme. Om Prakash Dhankar, head of Dhankar khap, who presided over the meeting, said that after deliberating for about four years, many decisions were taken by the representatives who assembled from different places. He said that the first decision was withdrawal of cases against youths who were booked during agitation of Agnipath scheme.
A memorandum would be given at the DC office on June 24, containing the demands of decisions taken in the meeting on Wednesday. The mahapanchayat also announced to boycott BJP-JJP party public functions on the lines of farm agitation.
Khap leader Dhankar added that a decision has also been taken to not make purchases of any product worth more than Rs. 10,000 from any multinational-company. “It is the corporate companies that are carrying out their agenda through the central government by introducing Agnipath-like schemes. Our goal is to cause them economic damage by boycotting their products,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gurnam Singh Charuni, BKU leader, said that the purpose of Wednesday’s meeting at Sampla was to unite the scattered protesters under one roof. Mocking chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s statement to give jobs to Agniveers post retirement, Chaduni said that Haryana has the highest unemployment rate and if the chief minister is so concerned about the issue, he should pass guaranteed job proposal in state Assembly.
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