Chandigarh: Sensing a backlash from the Jat community after the Punjab and Haryana High Court imposed section 144 in the eight districts of Haryana and stayed the reservation granted to them and five other communities, central forces have been deployed across Haryana. With Jat leaders threatening to renew their agitation for reservation from June 5, the state government and the police have started mobilising security forces at various places.
Central police forces have been deployed in seven sensitive districts in Haryana: Jind, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Hisar, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Rohtak. These districts had witnessed widespread violence during the February 2016 stir. CRPF personnel have been deployed at Jat Dharamshala in Hisar. The paramilitary force is also guarding the crucial Munak canal, which supplies water to a large part of New Delhi.
Forces have also been deployed along the Yamuna river in Sonipat, where the district administration has imposed Section 144.
Under section 144, there would be a complete ban on the gathering of five or more than five people at any place and carrying sticks, axe, sword, knife or any other sharp-edged weapons. The order would remain effective for 60 days from May 28 to July 27.
The state government has also slapped sedition charges against four prominent Jat leaders including Yashpal Malik who is the national president of the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aaraskhan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS). Some Jat leaders have been booked for allegedly making inflammatory speeches during a meeting of the ABJASS at Jat Dharmshala at Jind on May 25.
After a meeting held at Basantpur village in Rohtak district, the Jats have decided to protest on the Gohana-Rohtak road on June 5. In Hisar district, the protest is set to start from Mayar village. Sarpanchs of 63 villages have decided to hold a panchayat on June 5 to renew their agitation for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.
The Jats are also demanding withdrawal of cases registered against the members of the community during the stir in February.
As many as 30 people were killed and 320 injured and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed during the violent agitation in February this year.