Chandigarh: Haryana was again on the edge yesterday after the 72-hour deadline set by Jats for resuming their agitation over quota ended last night.
Calm before the storm? Members of Jat community during a peaceful daylong protest in Rohtak on Monday. Pic/PTI
Various Jat organisations on Monday had threatened to resume their quota agitation, which rocked the state last month and claimed 30 lives, if the Manohar Lal Khattar government failed to meet their demand.
Amidst simmering tension over threat of Jats resuming their agitation for quota, the Centre yesterday despatched 3,000 paramilitary personnel to Haryana to ensure peace and deployed another 300 personnel to guard Munak canal, which supplies water to Delhi.
Around 80 companies (about 800 personnel) of paramilitary forces were deployed in sensitive areas like Rohtak and Jhajjar districts, which were the worst affected during the first phase of the agitation last month.
“All arrangements have been made for Haryana and forces have been sent,” a senior Home Ministry official said yesterday.
Additional paramilitary forces were deployed in all sensitive places, some spots on highways and for Munak canal, the official added.
Amid looming threat of a renewed stir by Jats, the Haryana government yesterday said a bill to give reservation to the community will be passed during the ongoing Budget session which ends on March 31. Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanya said it is taking time to draft the bill as the government wants to make it sure that the new law does not get entangled in a legal quagmire.
Ex-CM Hooda's close aide held
Virender Singh, a close aide of former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was booked for sedition and criminal conspiracy on charges of inciting violence during the Jat stir, was arrested yesterday. Singh was Hooda political advisor during his 10-year tenure as the CM. "He will be produced before court and we'll be seeking his custodial interrogation," Rohtak SP Shashank Anand said.