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Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in eight districts of Haryana after Jat leaders threatened to renew their agitation for reservation, starting 5 June.

Sonipat District Magistrate K Makrand Pandurang on Sunday ordered imposition of prohibitory orders, under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, in the district “to ward off any tension, fights, threats to human life, damage to property and deterioration in the law-and-order situation”.

Section 144 states “there would be a complete ban on the gathering of five or more than five people at any place and carrying sticks, axe, sword, knife or any other sharp-edged weapons.”

The order has been issued following apprehension of violence during the renewed Jat agitation.

The list includes Jind, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Hisar, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Rohtak.

According to reports, this order would remain effective for 60 days from May 28 to July 27.

Haryana Police sources said that police personnel and para-military forces were being stationed in sensitive districts like Sonipat, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind and Fatehabad to ensure law and order.

Following the high court’s stay on the government notification granting reservation and Jats threatening protests, the Haryana Police on Friday said that it was fully prepared to deal with the agitation.

Additional Director General Police (ADGP), Law and Order, Mohammed Akil said, “Police would try to make the protesters understand not to resort to violence. But if they do not understand, police would use force against such protesters, without any consideration of caste or community.”

As many as 30 people were killed and 320 injured and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed during the violent agitation in February this year.

Property and assets worth thousands of crores were damaged and destroyed as the agitation took a violent turn and paralysed the state for nearly 10 days.