Indian police detain National Students Union of India (NSUI) students during a protest, after a student found was dead at a university hostel, in New Delhi on January 22, 2016. Rohit Vemula, a 26-year-old doctoral student at the university of Hyderabad, was found hanged on January 17, triggering protests in the southern city and New Delhi. He was one of five students, all from India's lowest Dalit social caste, to be suspended by the university after they were accused of assaulting the head of a right-wing student political group -- a charge they denied. AFP PHOTO / Chandan KHANNA / AFP / Chandan KhannaChandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images
Deadly protests deplete water supply in New Delhi
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NEW: The government reached an agreement with the protesters

Caste-related protests in India's Haryana state turned violent

At least 16 people have also died in clashes over caste-based job quotas

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Off and on throughout India’s history, the country’s caste system has provoked violence over rights and opportunities.

One such conflict was resolved Monday, with the leaders of a protest calling on demonstrators to unblock roads after reaching an agreement with the government.

But in this case, the caste feeling aggrieved isn’t one of the disadvantaged, but rather the relatively prosperous Jat community – and it wants to be treated like those traditionally underprivileged.

India’s caste system: Outlawed but omnipresent

The demonstrators are angry at what they see as reverse discrimination. In protests over the weekend in the north Indian state of Haryana, they blocked highways, attacked railway stations, set fire to buildings and looted, police said.

India has deployed troops to Haryana state after protests turned violent.

The unrest prompted the gove