Jat quota stir: Haryana on high alert; 48 companies sent, Section 144 imposed

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Haryana on 5 June tightened security arrangements as the Jats began another agitation to demand more reservation in government jobs and educational institutes.

It may be recalled 30 persons were killed, 320 others were injured and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed during Jat quota agitation in the last agitation. Some protesters’ had attempted to block national highways and rail tracks in the last Jat agitation.

As many as 48 companies of paramilitary forces have been sent by the government to various places across Haryana. Though Jats have ensured the protests will be peaceful, but the paramilitary forces will help the state police in patrolling highways, railway tracks and important government offices in sensitive areas. The Munak canal that supplies most of Delhi’s water will also be guarded by the paramilitary troops.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in sensitive districts such as Jhajjar, Sonepat, Rohtak, Panipat, Hisar, Fatehabad, Jind and Kaithal districts, which may turn violent. The orders will also be in force within one km on both sides of national highways and railway tracks.

Apart from suspending internet services in Rohtak and Jhajjar districts, all mobile internet services have also been banned in Sonepat from 4 June. These include internet 2G, 3G, 4G, Edge, GPRS and Bulk SMS messages, under Section 144 of the CrPc. This apart, the police are also on the alert for any inflammatory posts on social media, including Facebook and Twitter and the like.

Meanwhile, Khap Panchayats are not part of the proposed agitation and dharnas. While All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti has given a call for the protest, Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti national president Nafe Singh Nain said they won’t take part in 5 June agitation.