7K cops on vigil, Day 1 of Jat stir II remains peaceful
With 7,000 personnel of paramilitary forces and the state police on sharp vigil on Sunday, the first day of the second round of Jat stir for reservation, the situation remained peaceful in Haryana.
Except for scrapping Volvo buses on some routes as a preventive measure, the public and private transport remained largely unaffected in the state.
The agitation in the state was scheduled in 15 villages, including Jassia of Rohtak, Mayyar of Hisar, Dhanana of Bhiwani, Atela in Dadri, Dhani Gopal in Fatehabad, Nathusari Chaupta in Sirsa, Jhanj Khurd in Jind, Titaram mod in Kaithal, Ballah in Karnal, Jainpur in Kurukshetra, Madlauda in Panipat, Pranpura-bawal in Rewari, Anaaj Mandi in Sonipat and Hussainimod in Ambala.
Except Jassia, which remained the epicentre of the agitation, not more than 200 protesters were visible at most places. At Jassia, the agitators’ 5,000strong claim was discounted by the cops, who put their number at 1,000. At Mayyar village, which was once the epicentre of the agitation, only 190-200 persons gathered at the village’s mini stadium till evening. At most places, the people stayed at the protest site from 11 am to 5 pm. Ram Niwas, additional chief secretary (home) Haryana, said no untoward incident was reported from any corner. “Traffic was normal. No highway or rail line was blocked. In many districts, no dharna was staged.“
The call for the renewal of agitation was given by the AllIndia Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti led by Yashpal Malik alleging that the Centre and the state had reneged on its assurances given in February following which the agitation was called off. The body, however, called for a peaceful protest this time.
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