Section 144 imposed in Gurugram, Rohtak ahead of proposed Jat quota stir from today
Gatherings of five or more people, and walking around with weapons such as sticks, swords and knives, will be considered a violation of the order, which will be enforced from January 27-30 in the districts.
Taking precautions after the last year's Jat protests violence, authorities in Haryana have imposed CrPC Section 144 in Gurugram and Rohtak in lieu of fresh calls of Jat protests from January 29.
Gurgaon's district commissioner Hardeep Singh issued the order, which prohibits blockage and obstructions of roads, railway stations, power stations and canals through protests and demonstrations.
In addition, gatherings of five or more people, and walking around with weapons such as sticks, swords and knives, will be considered a violation of the order, which will be enforced from January 27-30 in the district.
The Haryana government has sought 55 companies of paramilitary forces from the Centre besides deployment of 7,000 Home Guards in the state which saw 30 deaths and widespread vandalism during a similar stir last year.
However, in a meeting earlier this week, representatives of Jat community had offered reassurance that protests will be peaceful this time. They had also told officials that their goal, unlike last time, is not to put pressure on the Centre for reservations, “since the matter is sub-judice”, but to focus on “reminding” the government of its promises.
The call for fresh stir has been given by some Jat outfits, especially those owing allegiance to the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) headed by Yashpal Malik. The Jat community outfits, while accusing the Manohar Lal Khattar government of not fulfilling their demands for reservation, have threatened to launch the next round of agitation from January 29.
In a mahapanchayat of some Khaps yesterday, the call for protests was reiterated and leaders maintained that the release of arrested Jat youths from jails, withdrawal of cases registered during last year's agitation and grant of government jobs to the kin of youths killed during last year's stir were their immediate demands.