Gurgaon police braces for Jat stir

  • Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2016 20:23 IST
Last time, though there was no violence in Gurgaon, protesters blocked several important Gurgaon roads. (HT)

The Gurgaon police on Friday said it is prepared to confront any law and order tension during the agitation planned by the Jat community on June 5.

Addressing a meeting of police officials, Gurgaon police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk directed his subordinates to ensure that no one is allowed to disrupt law and order in the city. He also asked officials not to let anyone block roads and railway tracks.

“People need to be told not to take law in their hands. They should try to settle issues through negotiations,” a police spokesperson said after the meeting.

The commissioner also appealed to people of the Jat community not to get swayed by rumours. He requested them to inform the police if any issue of agitation surfaces.

In February, agitation demanding quota for the Jat community in education and jobs left at least 30 people dead and more than 320 injured across Haryana. Property worth crores was damaged in arson during the agitation that left the state paralysed for nearly two weeks.

Though there was no violence in Gurgaon, protesters blocked several important Gurgaon roads. Trains on the Delhi-Jaipur route via Gurgaon were cancelled because of track blockades. The Delhi-Jaipur railway route was shut down for several days.

Meanwhile, the police will keep an eye on social media websites and free messaging mobile applications such as Whatsapp through which rumours and calls for violence spread. Haryana director general of police has directed district chiefs to take action against anyone spreading rumours on social media.

Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash said that if the Jat community wants to protest, the district administration is ready to demarcate places where they can do so as peaceful demonstrations are permitted in a democracy.

The Gurgaon administration on Friday imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC, which makes an assembly of five or more persons unlawful. The orders were issued by deputy commissioner Satyaprakash for 60 days. Satyarakash also said that the troublemakers will be booked under National Security Act (NSA).

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