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Security has been beefed up in Haryana ahead of the proposed Jat quota agitation in the state from Sunday. The government has deployed 4,800 paramilitary personnel to maintain law and order in the state.
"Besides adequate deployment of police personnel, as many as 48 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed at various places in the state keeping in view the call for a stir. We have asked for 15 more companies from the Centre," Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Ram Niwas said.
He said, "we are not taking any chance," even though only one group was going ahead with the dharna. He added that police and paramilitary forces will also guard the Western Yamuna Canal in Sonipat district. It may be recalled that in February during the earlier Jat agitation, the protesters had disrupted water supply to the national capital by damaging the Carrier-Lined Channel (CLC) of Munak Canal.
The administration has specified one spot in each district where people will be allowed to hold dharna peacefully. But officials are afraid that protesters may attempt to block national highways and rail tracks. The leaves of all personnel of Haryana Police have been cancelled except in emergency cases till further orders. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPc have already been imposed in seven sensitive districts of Haryana.
"Adequate security measures have been taken. We are fully prepared to deal with the situation," Additional Director General of Police Mohammad Akil said. "The police stations are stocked adequately equipped to deal with any kind of protest," he added.
Khap Panchayats will not participate in the proposed agitation and dharnas from June 5 but All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has given a call for the protest. Nafe Singh Nain, National President of Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, said they will not participate in the protest. He said, "The government has assured the community of providing reservation and compensation to the families of those killed in the February stir. We trust the government and there is no need for agitation now and if someone still protest, we are not with them."