Guest Teacher's row: Khap leaders' threat to lock schools, authorities plan to impose section 144
In the wake of Sarvjatiya Sarvkhap Mahapanchayat's call to lock government schools in protest against the removal of guest teachers, the authorities in Khap-dominated districts of Jind, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Rohtak are planning to deploy adequate police personnel and impose Section 144 near all the government schools on Tuesday.punjab Updated: Jul 14, 2015 09:26 IST
In the wake of Sarvjatiya Sarvkhap Mahapanchayat's call to lock government schools in protest against the removal of guest teachers, the authorities in Khap-dominated districts of Jind, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Rohtak are planning to deploy adequate police personnel and impose Section 144 near all the government schools on Tuesday.
In a preventive measure, the Sonepat district administration has appointed duty magistrates to maintain law and order in the district and special police teams have been formed to deal with the problem.
As per the directions issued by Sonepat district magistrate Rajiv Ratan, additional deputy commissioner Virender Lathar has been made the overall incharge to monitor the situation in the district. The deputy commissioner has also appointed duty magistrates in all sub-divisions in the district.
Moreover, the district police have made all preparations to stop khaps from disturbing peace and issued directions to impose section 144 in a 200-metre radius of all government schools in the district. The police will also ban the entry of people in the area carrying arms or sticks and deploy adequate number of police personnel.
Jhajjar deputy commissioner Anshaj Singh also announced to impose section 144 in a radius of 500 metre near the schools and said that the violators would face action as per the law.
The Rohtak police have also prepared a plan to prevent the khap leaders from disturbing law and order in the district. "We have formed teams in all parts of the district and, if required, we will also impose section 144 to deal with any untoward incident", said Rohtak SP Shashank Anand.
He also made it clear that the district police was ready to comply with the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court and nobody would be allowed to take law in their hand.
Similarly, the Jind police have also made elaborate arrangements to deal with the situation. Jind SP Abhishek Jorwal said that the district police would deploy police personnel to comply with the directions of the high court and he said that the police would also try to talk with the Khap leaders to solve the issue.
Notably, during the Sarvjatiya Sarvkhap Mahapanchayat held in Jind last week, the representatives of 82 khaps, including Kandela khap, Singhmar khap, Saatbas khap, Panchgrami khap, Barah khap and Punia khap had decided to lock government schools in the state on July 14.
The guest teachers have been on protest since June 17 at Mahendergarh and 11 of them on hunger strike since July 23.