A high alert has been issued in Haryana, as the Jat community has resumed its agitation in some districts. The fresh protests bring back bitter memories of last year’s agitation, wherein around 30 people were killed and more than 200 were injured. The call for fresh protests was given by Jat leader Yashpal Malik who heads the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS).
The protests have been called in 19 districts and the situation is reported to be tense in Jat-dominated areas of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Bhiwani, Sonipat, and Panipat. The Jats have a long list of demands such as release of youths arrested during last year’s Jat agitation, jobs to the kin of those who were killed in the agitation, and legal action against officials who had ordered the firing on Jat agitators.
Security agencies are closely monitoring the situation and have already requisitioned back-up forces. 55 companies of central police forces and around 7,000 Home Guards have been called to tackle any type of violence that may occur during the fresh protests in Haryana. Security forces were also conducting flag marches in the most sensitive areas to create confidence among people.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar requested people to avoid participating in violent agitations. He assured people that security has been increased and any type of violence would be dealt with strictly.