he death toll from caste riots in northern India has risen to 19, a state government official told AFP on Monday, adding that the protests had eased overnight.
Authorities said some districts had now lifted a curfew imposed after the outbreak Friday of deadly riots in Haryana state by members of the Jat rural caste.
“Nineteen people have died and more than 200 are injured,” said Haryana additional chief secretary P. K. Das.
“There were a few clashes in parts of Bhiwani district overnight, where a curfew is still on, but the curfew has been lifted in other districts.”
Water source cleared
The Indian army has taken control of a canal that supplies three-fifths of Delhi’s water, the state’s chief minister said, raising hope that a water crisis in the metropolis of more than 20 million people can be averted.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the army had regained control from protesters of the gates of the Munak canal to the north of Delhi.
He was assessing how long it would take for water to reach the city.
Although the government bowed on Sunday to the demand of the Jats for more government jobs and places in education, protest leaders said they would carry on their agitation.
Protesters have burned railway stations and car showrooms, blocked road traffic and forced the cancellation of hundreds of trains. India’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki, has shut two factories because of disruptions to its supply chain.
The Jats, who make up a quarter of the state’s population, are a largely rural community of landowners that has lost out as population growth has shrunk the size of family farms while two years of drought have hit their crops.
Members of the Jat caste say they are struggling to find work despite India’s strong economic growth.
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