Chandigarh, Feb 18: With Rohtak region emerging as epicentre of the ongoing Jat agitation, the administration on Thursday imposed prohibitory orders in the entire district, banning assembly of five or more persons.
"Section 144 has been imposed with immediate effect from today in Rohtak," Additional Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri said.
Noting that the protesters have been asked to clear the blockades and disperse, he said, "We have warned them first and are hoping they will comply."
The orders were passed by Rohtak's Deputy Commissioner D K Behera amid reports that anti-social elements might join protesters to disturb law and order situation in the district.
Khatri said paramilitary forces have been put on standby in the district. Jat protesters have blocked Badahurgarh-Delhi road at Bahadurgarh affecting vehicular movement to Delhi from Haryana.
They have also blocked Saharanpur-Kurukshetra road at Pipli, Ladwa in Kurukshetra district and Radaur of Yamunanagar district.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar again appealed to the protesters to end the stir as it is causing huge inconvenience to the common people.