Haryana backs self as threat of another Jat stir looms

RSTV Bureau
FILE: File photo of Jat community members at the railway tracks during the second of their agitation for reservation in Hisar, Februray 19, 2016. Photo-PTI

FILE: File photo of Jat community members at the railway tracks during the second of their agitation for reservation in Hisar, Februray 19, 2016.
Photo-PTI

Haryana government has scaled up security in at least seven districts across the state in the wake of members of Jat community threatening to launch a fresh agitation pressing for reservation. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had last week stayed Khattar government’s decision to provide reservation to Jat community.

The state had witnessed large-scale violence during the Jat agitation over demand for reservation in February. Even the state government had drawn flak over handling the situation.

Taking no chance with the security situation, central armed police forces have been deployed in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Hisar, Bhiwani, Jind and Kaithal.

Earlier last week, the High Court stayed reservation for Jats and five other communities provided by the Haryana government under a newly carved Backward Classes (C) category. The order was passed on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Haryana Backward Classes (reservation in services and admission in educational institutions) Act 2016 that was passed unanimously by the state Assembly on March 29.

Seeking the quashing of provisions under the newly carved Backward Classes (C) category, the petition argued that reservation for the Jat community has been provided under the new act on the basis of the Justice KC Gupta commission report, which the Supreme Court has already quashed.

Thirty people were killed and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed during the violent agitation in February this year, with districts including Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat, being the worst affected. Even state ministers and some local BJP leaders were targeted by the agitators. A house belonging to Captain Abhimanyu was set on fire by the agitators.

The Prakash Singh committee, which was formed to probe large-scale violence during the Jat quota agitation in February had already submitted its report to the government. According to reports, the probe committee found some lapses on the part of police and local administration during the agitation.

(With inputs from the PTI)