After calls for fresh protests by Jat organisations, Gurgaon residents and office-goers were cautious while stepping out of homes for work on Monday morning. The vehicular traffic sailed smoothly on Monday as there were fewer cars on roads, the office goers said.
Also there were no detours and the Gurgaon police did not put any barricades on Monday like they did during the previous protest in February.
The residents said though no violence was reported in the state on Sunday, but they were scared as in February this year 30 people lost their lives during the agitation. Gurgaon had, however, not reported any incident of violence then.
The people were continuously using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp to seek updates on the condition of various Gurgaon roads and police deployment.
A few office goers said they were planning to work from home but seeing the peaceful atmosphere, the people headed to work. Some said they tracked the traffic on city roads via Google Maps.
Anamika Hunsawadikar, who recently shifted to Gurgaon from Mumbai, said, “I do not know the roads too well here. My parents forced me to opt for work-from-home but after seeing traffic condition through Google, I chose to go to the office.”
Even corporates are taking several measures to ensure safety of the employees in any untoward event. They said that the administration is in regular touch with local police and some organisations have also asked people to work from home if protests are violent.
“We live near Rajiv Chowk. Last time when the protests were held, the area was jam packed and I had to wait for over three hours to cross a kilometre stretch. A group of seven friends have made a WhatsApp group and we are continuously updating each other about the situation,” said Ankit Goel of sector 13.
In February, the agitators 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.
They had blocked all the major intersections and several roads bringing the city to a halt. The protestors blocked roads including Sohna Road, Daultabad flyover, Maharanapratap Chowk and Basai etc forcing the residents to get stuck in massive snarls. Even school students were stranded as a majority of schools did not ply the school transport due to a security lapse.
“The school bus in which my son was travelling from was attacked in the February protest. We were lucky that no one was hurt, I don’t want to take any risk again. So, I reached out to members of a few social media groups before leaving home,” said Pratiksha Sharma of Sector 9.