Stepping up the pressure on Jat protestors, the Haryana government has announced that Deputy Commissioners (DCs) can now use the National Security Act (NSA), 1980, if required, to deal with the protesters. Even though the protests have been largely peaceful this time around, the Haryana government does not want to take chances and has given more power to authorities to deal with any violent situation. A repeat of last year’s widespread violence in which several people were killed has to be avoided at all cost, and this is why the Haryana government has decided to invoke the NSA, if required.
The National Security Act of 1980 is an act of the Indian Parliament promulgated on 23 September, 1980. Its purpose is “to provide for preventive detention in certain cases and for matters connected therewith”. This act empowers the Central Government and State Governments to detain a person to prevent him/her from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of India, the relations of India with foreign countries, the maintenance of public order, or the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the community.
Meanwhile, the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has claimed that the Haryana government is trying to muzzle the voice of protestors by threatening them with legal action. Senior leaders of the Samiti said that they will continue their fight despite the tough action being taken by Haryana government.