It seems that the Jat community has again threatened Haryana government and are planning to launch a fresh agitation after the Punjab and Haryana High Court announced stay on the Jat reservation bill approved by the state government in March. Acting prior to the proposed agitation, government has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in eight districts of Haryana.
According to the reports, Jat leaders have threatened to begin the agitation on June 5. Section 144 prohibits any kind of gathering that involves above 4 to 5 people. All those people who are carrying knives, sticks, axe and sword will be banned to gather at a place. This order will be followed for 60 days starting May 28. The Jat leaders have also demanded to release their fellow men who were jailed during the agitation.
Section 144 was first imposed in Sonipat on Sunday, and after that in Rohtak as both of them have been the epicenter of the Jat agitation which took place this year.
The Central Armed Forces were deployed in all the sensitive areas of Haryana including Rohtak, Sonipat, Hisar, Bhiwani, Jind and Kaithal. Besides that, security measures have also been strengthened in these areas.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “This is administrative work, whatever is required in an area is done. We have been assured of a peaceful protest on 5 June. Cannot take away the right of a peaceful protest from anybody.”
Special security has been deployed at Munak Canal as the canal was damaged during the agitation early this year. Protestors had also disrupted the water supply to the national capital. They damaged the Carrier Lined Channel of the Munak Canal, as a result of which the Paramilitary forces have been deployed in the region.
Sedition charges have been slapped against one jat leader Yashpal Malik. They also had a meeting two days back in Hisar and after the meeting it was decided that they will go ahead with the agitation. Besides that, some of the leaders were also booked for instigating violence. During the Jat agitation, around 20 people were killed and 320 were injured.