Haryana : At least nine districts in Haryana were on high alert on Sunday as a section of Jat community renewed their agitation for reservation. Additional Chief Secretary Home Ram Niwas on Sunday said that security has been beefed up as 55 paramilitary forces have been deployed in all districts of the state.
This time around, people have started their agitation in rural areas instead of towns. Protests were reported at Mayyar village in Hisar district, Dhanana village in Bhiwani district, Jasia village in Rohtak district, Jhanj Khurd village in Jind district, Matloda village in Panipat district, Bahu Akbar Pur and Pranpura Bawal village in Rewari district . Around 2000 protesters, in semi-trailer trucks, have reached Panipat-Rohtak road in Jasiya village, so far. As the protestors did not obtain permission from the district administration, FIR has been filed against four of them. However, none of the roads has been blocked so far.
“All roads and railway tracks in state are functional, traffic moving at normal pace,” Mohd Akil, additional director general of police in the law and order division, told in an news agency. “Agitators are protesting in some districts, but those dharna-sites are away from roads & railway tracks,” he added.
"The government has made adequate preparations for the protest. We have 55 paramilitary forces which include CRPF, RAF, ITBP, BSF and we have deployed them in all districts. We have also persuaded people to protest peacefully. And places where protest is being taken place without permission the administration has taken a note of that and they are being prosecuted as per the law," Niwas said. The administration has also issued an order banning mobile internet service to avoid the possibility of the services being used to spread wrong information and rumours. The ban which was brought into effect on Saturday will be imposed till further orders. All telecom service providers have been directed to strictly abide by these orders.
The Jat community has served a 15-day ultimatum to the Haryana government for implementation of reservation. The districts on high alert include Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Jind, Bhiwani, Hisar, Fatehabad, Panipat and Kaithal. In Sonipat district, orders have been imposed under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, prohibiting assembly of five or more people at any place.
A section of Jat leaders have renewed the agitation after the Punjab and Haryana High Court recently stayed the notification of the BJP government in Haryana led by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar giving reservation to the Jat and other communities. The call for the renewed agitation has been given by the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS).
AIJASS leader Yashpal Malik assured that the protests would remain peaceful.
Haryana saw the worst violence in its five decades of existence in February during the Jat agitation for reservation. As many as 30 persons were killed, 320 others injured and property worth crores was destroyed during the agitation. The state remained paralysed for nearly 10 days.
Haryana Police has cancelled the leave of all police personnel. Haryana additional director general of police (ADGP) Mohammad Akil said that police was fully geared up to meet any eventuality. The Haryana government has also set up a state-level riot control room to deal with the agitation.