Paramilitary forces have been deployed in seven sensitive districts of Haryana while Section 144 of the CrPC has been enforced in eight districts in the wake of recent call of protest by All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) from June 5 after the Punjab and Haryana high court stayed the reservation for the Jat community in jobs and educational institutes under the other backward caste (OBC) category.
In Rohtak, the epicentre of large-scale violence which rocked the state during the Jat quota stir in February, one company of Border Security Force (BSF) and two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed at the entry points. The paramilitary forces are regularly conducting flag marches in the cities and villages to restore confidence of people in the security forces, as they previously witnessed an erosion of the same.
Two companies of RAF have been called in Sonepat, another district which witnessed violence in February stir in which 30 people were killed in the state. The administration here has imposed Section 144 for two months as a preventive measure. One of the two companies has been deployed at the Garhi Bindroli village where the connection of Munak canal was disrupted by mobs during the February protest, leading to a water crisis in the national capital.
Haryana ADGP (law and order) Mohammad Akil, who held a meeting with police officials in Bhiwani on Thursday, said, “The police force is fully prepared to deal with the protests. All necessary measures are being taken to ensure that everything remains under control.”
The administration has this time allotted one spot in each district where people can peacefully hold dharna. “If people are found violating Section 144, strict action will be taken against them,” Rohtak additional superintendent of police Himanshu Garg said.
Besides the paramilitary, cops in the districts are being trained to deal with riot-like situations.
The police stations are stocked up with weapons such as tear-gas shells, plastic bullets, water cannons etc and the cops in the Haryana Police are being trained in phases to use them.
The civil officials are also on the toes as they have been holding meetings in villages across the state trying to dissuade the angry Jat community members not to take the path of protest once again.