Forces on alert as Jats get set to resume stir

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak/New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2016 00:55 IST

Paramilitary forces have been deployed in seven sensitive districts of Haryana, while Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been enforced in eight as a preventive measure in the wake of recent calls given by the Jat community to resume protests from June 5.

The decision came after the Punjab and Haryana HC stayed their reservation in jobs and educational institutes under the OBC category.

In Rohtak, the epicentre of large-scale violence that rocked the state during the quota stir in February and led to the deaths of 30 people, a company of Border Security Force (BSF) and two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed at entry points.

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The paramilitary is regularly conducting flag marches in the cities and villages. Two more companies of RAF have been called in Sonepat district. The administration has also imposed Section 144 for two months as a preventive measure. One of the two companies has been deployed at Garhi Bindroli village where the connection of Munak Canal was disrupted by mobs during the previous protest, leading to a water crisis in the national capital.

The steps are being taken even as All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chief Yashpal Malik on Thursday said they have decided not to obstruct roads and railway tracks during their indefinite stir.

Haryana ADGP (law and order) Mohammad Akil, who held a meeting with police officials in Bhiwani, said, “The police force is fully prepared to deal with the protests. All necessary measures are being taken to ensure everything remains under control.”

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The administration has allotted one spot in the district where people can peacefully sit on dharna.

“If people are found violating Section 144, strict action will be taken against them,” Rohtak additional superintendent of police, Himanshu Garg, said.

Besides paramilitary, cops in the districts are being trained to deal with riot-like situations.

The police stations are stocked with tear-gas shells, plastic bullets and water cannons and police personnel are being trained to use the same.

The administration is also holding meetings in villages across the state, trying to dissuade angry community members from adopting violent means of protest again.

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