Chandigarh: With Jat leaders threatening to renew their agitation for reservation in Haryana from June 5, security arrangements in the state have been tightened with the deployment of 4,800 paramilitary personnel. Learning from the complete failure of law and order during protests in February, administration is not taking any chances and has put the official machinery on high alert.
”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 stir call from tomorrow. We have asked for 15 more companies from the Centre,” Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Ram Niwas said today.
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 have been deployed to guard the Western Yamuna Canal in Sonipat district.
Protesters had disrupted water supply to the national capital by damaging the Carrier-Lined Channel (CLC) of Munak Canal during the earlier Jat agitation in February. The administration has specified one spot in each district where people can peacefully hold dharna, officials said.
However, officials said they were wary of the fact that protesters may attempt to block national highways and rail tracks, like in February, and therefore they have put maximum security to prevent a repeat of the situation.
Haryana Police has cancelled leave of all personnel 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 barring gathering of five or more persons and paramilitary forces have been conducting flag marches during the past few days .
Police are keeping a close watch on anyone trying to spread rumours or make inflammatory statements through social media.
”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 dead with any kind of protest,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)