Para-military forces withdrawn in Haryana

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Chandigarh, June 22 (IANS) With the renewed Jat agitation for reservation not gathering enough steam and being withdrawn, the Haryana government on Wednesday said that para-military forces stationed in the state were being pulled out.

Haryana Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Law and Order, Muhammad Akil told media on Wednesday that it has been decided to do away with the para-military forces.

However, some para-military forces will remain stationed in Sonipat district for some time. Sonipat district was one of the worst affected during the violent Jat agitation in February this year.

“Normalcy has now returned to the state, there is no need to continue with the deployment of para-military forces,” Akil said.

The para-military forces were deployed in around 10 districts.

The renewed Jat agitation call was given by a section of Jat leadership from June 5 but did not get widespread support from the Jat community.

“It was a challenge for the police to maintain peace and harmony after the call for agitation given by some organisations. But the police worked with an aim to ensure that peace in the state is not disturbed at any cost,” Akil said.

Asked about the demand of Jat leaders that cases against Jat youths, who were booked and arrested after the February violence, be withdrawn the ADGP said that the cases which have been registered by the police during the Jat reservation agitation were being monitored by the courts.

“In such a situation, police is working in accordance with the orders of the court,” he added.

–IANS

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