Haryana strengthens security in view of forthcoming Jat agitation


Jat agitation

Haryana has made heavy security arrangements, including special protection for a canal supplying water to Delhiites as jats threaten fresh protests from 5 June. As a precautionary measure, large gatherings have been banned in four of the state’s 21 districts.

The Punjab and Haryana high court had  last week stayed the Khattar govt’s decision of providing reservation for the Jat community.

Stating that the proposal doesn’t allocate them enough government jobs, Jat leaders said protest demos will be started by this weekend. They are also in touch with the powerful khap panchayats to support the new agitation.

It may be recalled 19 persons were killed and 170 hurt in Jat violence in February. The Jat protestors had taken over the Munak canal which supplies water to Delhi. In February, the violence lasted a week. It began from Rohtak and extended up to Gurgaon. Shops and malls were set on fire, transport was cut off, and as per estimates business worth $5 billion was lost.