Haryana is bracing itself to witness the second round of agitation for reservation across the state by the Jat community on Sunday.
Additional Chief Secretary Home Ram Niwas on Sunday said that security has been beefed up as 55 paramilitary forces have been deployed in all districts of the state.
“The government has made adequate preparations for the protest. We have 55 paramilitary forces which include CRPF, RAF, ITBP, BSF and we have deployed them in all districts. We have also persuaded people to protest peacefully. And places where protest is being taken place without permission the administration has taken a note of that and they are being prosecuted as per the law,” Niwas said.
The administration has also issued an order banning mobile internet service to avoid the possibility of the services being used to spread wrong information and rumours. The ban which was brought into effect on Saturday will be imposed till further orders. All telecom service providers have been directed to strictly abide by these orders.
However, the umbrella body of Jat khaps (clans), the Sarva Jatiya Sarv Khap Mahapanchayat, has said it will not support the protests this time. The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has given a call for the protest.
Asserting that the government had given special training to security personnel to fight adverse situation, Niwas said, “We are fully prepared so that incidents like before do not take place, we have performed mock drills, we have trained our police officers for such situations.” DCP, SP are visiting several villages and requesting people for maintaining law and order, he added. Niwas further added that the Gram Panchayats and the Khap Panchayats of Haryana have lent their support and have given assurance that they will maintain law and order in the state.
Meanwhile, Duty Magistrate has been appointed before time, who is in sync with the police.
Haryana saw the worst violence in five decades in February this year during the Jat agitation for reservation. As many as 30 persons were killed, 320 others injured and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed during the agitation. The state remained paralysed for nearly 10