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Jat protests: Sec 144 imposed in G’gaon for two months

As protests for reservation by the Jat community intensify, Gurgaon police has imposed section 144 of the Indian Penal code for maintaining law and order in the district.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2016 15:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Protesters demanding reservations for the Jat community block the Gurgaon- Alwar National Highway near Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Chowk in Gurgaon on Friday.(PTI)

As protests for reservation by the Jat community intensify, Gurgaon police has imposed section 144 of the Indian Penal code for 60 days to maintain law and order in the district.

Unlawful activities including blocking of roads, railway tracks and water channels, and the assembly of five or more people carrying any weapon likely to disrupt peace will be punished under this section.

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“The prohibitory orders... have been issued to thwart possibility of unlawful activities in the district on account of demand of Jat reservation,” deputy commissioner (DC), TL Satyaprakash, said. The restrictions will be in place till April 19.

Violence escalated in Haryana as protesters, backed by the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, demanded reservations in education and jobs under the OBC quota. Agitators torched public property and blocked roads, forcing deployment or army and paramilitary personnel through eight districts.

Curfew and shoot-at-sight orders were also imposed after three people were killed in the protests that have been going on for the past eight days in Haryana.

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The deputy commissioner deputed 24 administration officials as duty magistrates of respective areas for implementation of the orders that shall not apply to the police force and other public servants on duty for maintaining of law and order.

Leaders of the protest on Friday rejected the state government’s offer of bringing a bill declaring Jats and four other castes as special backward classes. They instead demanded that an ordinance be passed first before introducing the bill in the Vidhan Sabha.

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First Published: Feb 20, 2016 15:21 IST