Jat quota protest: Section 144 imposed in Rohtak, police action likely

The Rohtak district administration has imposed Section 144 under Indian Penal Code in the district following violence inputs by intelligence.

punjab Updated: Feb 18, 2016 15:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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High police has been deployed in the region for the past few days to avoid any untoward incident in Rohtak. (Manoj Dhaka/HT File Photo)

The Rohtak district administration has imposed Section 144 under Indian Penal Code in the district following violence reports by intelligence.

Rohtak deputy commissioner DK Behera said Section 144 (joining unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapon) has been imposed in the district as there were intelligence inputs that some anti-social elements might join protestors to disturb law and order situation in the district.

When contacted, Behera said, “Directions have been issued for the implementation of the order. Action will be taken against the violators.”

However, Jat leaders have blocked Badahurgarh-Delhi road at Bahadurgarh and Nazafgarh of Jhajjar district, affecting traffic movement to Delhi from Haryana.

Jat agitation reaches Saini’s Kurukshetra

It is for the first time that the fire of Jat agitation for the demand of reservation under OBC category has also reached northern districts of the state, affecting traffic in Kuruskhetra and parts of Yamunanagar district.

The protesting Jats have blocked Saharanpur-Kurukshetra road at Pipli, Ladwa and Badshami of Kurukshetra district and Radaur of Yamunanagar district, affecting the commuters. The protestors have also started a demonstration at the entrance of Kurukshetra University.

As per the sources, Jat leaders from Kurukshetra district are agitated over the repeated anti-Jat statements made by Raj Kumar Saini, local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of parliament.

Normal life got affected in the region as road traffic has been diverted to link roads. The protestors have also blocked the Saharanpur-Kurukshetra road in Badshami village, the home of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader and former chief minister OP Chautala’s ex-political adviser Sher Singh Badshami.

When contacted, Jat leader Santosh Dhaiya said, “There is no doubt that repeated unparliamentary remarks against Jats by Saini have united the entire Jat community. There was anger against Saini already and it has now come out in the form reservation demand.”

“The agitation may last for several days till the government bows to accept the demand of Jats”, she added.

First Published: Feb 18, 2016 14:57 IST