Chandigarh: With the end of the second phase of Jat stir in Haryana, the state government today decided to withdraw the paramilitary forces from several districts except Sonipat where the forces would continue to be deployed as a precautionary measure.
“As normalcy has now returned to the state, there is no need to continue with the deployment of paramilitary forces. Therefore, it has been decided to do away with the forces from the state (which were deployed during the Jat stir in June), except district Sonipat,” an official release quoting Haryana’s Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Law and Order, Muhammad Akil, said here.
Akil was addressing officers of police and paramilitary forces at Bhiwani on Wednesday.
He said that the situation remained peaceful in several parts of the state during the Jat reservation agitation which had commenced from 5 June.
During this period, behaviour of police, administration and paramilitary forces with the general public remained appreciable and all the three deserve praise for maintaining normalcy, he said.
Akil said that it was a challenge for the police to maintain peace and harmony after the call for agitation was given by some organisations.
But the police worked with an aim to ensure that peace in the state was not disturbed at any cost, he added.
The second phase of Jat stir came to an end recently after the discussion between state government representatives and the Jat leaders spearheading the agitation ended on a positive note.
The Jat quota agitation in February had turned violent, in which 30 people lost their lives. Massive damage was caused to property at various places in the state, particularly Rohtak district, which had remained the epicentre of the stir.
Departmental action has been recommended against 15 police personnel of Rohtak district, including 8 SHOs, on the basis of a report by Parkash Singh Committee which probed the role of police and civil administration officials during the Jat reservation stir.These erring police officials have been adversely commented upon for dereliction of duty in the government- appointed committee report, an official order stated on Sarturday. The Rohtak SP has been asked to initiate departmental action against the erring cops. Besides other police personnel, the erring SHOs have been charged with failure to protect units/establishments including the residence of Finance Minister Abhimanyu, two shopping malls, three school buildings, plant of a leading paint manufacturing company, a gun house, several shops and “cowardice and failure to protect police station, Meham, from being damaged/looted”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The development comes a day after three Haryana Civil Service officers and 10 DSP rank officers were suspended, a week after the Committee report found “deliberate negligence” on the part of 90 officials, including IAS and IPS officers, during the Jat agitation in February.
ALSO READ Jat riots: Parkash Singh Committee report points at ‘negligence’ by officialsOn May 17, the Haryana government had shunted out Additional Chief Secretary (Home) PK Das who was replaced by senior IAS officer Ram Niwas.Around 90 officers were indicted for “deliberate negligence” during the Jat quota agitation by the committee and adverse comments were made against them in its report submitted to the chief minister on May 13. The Committee had inquired into the role of officers starting from the rank of Sub-Inspector to SP and Naib Tehsildar or duty Magistrate to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in the violence-affected districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Sonepat and Panipat.
ALSO READ Jat agitation: Haryana govt shunts out Home Secretary after report finds ‘deliberate’ negligence on his partThirty people were killed in violence and there was extensive damage to properties during the stir whose epicentre was Rohtak district.
Notwithstanding the opposition’s criticism, BJP General Secretary Anil Jain on Tuesday praised the Manohar Lal Khattar government for the “big achievement” of bringing under control widespread violence during the Jat quota stir within three days.Asked if the government was able to take timely steps to control the situation, Jain claimed, “The government performed its duty. It summoned Central forces on time and a conspiracy to create divisions in the state police force was blunted.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jain, in-charge of the party’s Haryana affairs, said, “The violence started on February 19 and by February 22, it was brought under control.”The Haryana government has set up a committee under retired IPS officer Prakash Singh to inquire into the acts of “omission and commission” on part of civil and police officers during the Jat quota agitation.Thirty lives were lost during the protests. Large scale damage to property, both government and private, was caused, especially in Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat which formed the epicentre of the stir.When asked who is responsible for the lives lost during the stir, Jain, who held a meeting with Haryana ministers and BJP MLAs to assess the performance and seek feedback of the government’s functioning, said, “Those who pushed the state into violence and hatched a conspiracy.””It all started from one place, one region. Never before, this kind of a conspiracy was hatched. Everyone knows, whose stronghold Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat are and whose advisors have been caught. Things have been exposed before the people, how a peaceful state was put on the boil and you can yourself draw the conclusion who is responsible for the lives lost,” Jain said, apparently referring to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.Jain hit out at former Haryana Chief Minister Hooda, who has accused the BJP-led government in the state of following a policy of ‘badla’ (revenge) and has also charged the main opposition, INLD, of being “hand in glove” with the Khattar government for registration of a case in connection with the re-allotment of a plot to a firm in Panchkula in 2005.The BJP leader said that if the need is felt, the case would be handed over to the CBI. To another question, he said, it is not just Hooda, “anyone who has done wrong, will be punished as per law.” He took a dig at Hooda, saying when he was the chief minister of Haryana for 10 years, what stopped him from initiating a probe into the allotment of land to Devi Lal Trust in Chandigarh.”It is not the question of A or B. Our government will probe any wrongdoing. But, we want to ask Hooda, what stopped him from conducting a probe all these years when he was the CM,” Jain said.The Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has registered a case of cheating and corruption against the then Chairman of HUDA, a post held by Hooda, and four ex-HUDA officials for allegedly re-alloting a plot to the firm in Panchkula.Hooda had alleged that the BJP government had registered the case against him after Leader of Opposition in the Haryana Assembly (Abhay Singh Chautala) wrote a letter in this regard.
One of the eye witnesses of the Murthal gang-rapes, which took place during the Jat agitation, has claimed that he was threatened for ‘speaking too much’.Bobby Joshi said that he received a call warning him of serious consequences for speaking on the matter.”You are speaking too much. We will see you. Following the threat call, I complained to the IG (Police),” Joshi told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am not scared of any threat. There is another lady, who also saw everything that happened that day. During the Jat agitation, I saw some rogue elements near Sukdev Dhaba creating ruckus and misbehaving with ladies,” he added.After rejecting the reports of sexual assaults in Murthal, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government had earlier this week told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that a Section of gang-rape has been added in the FIR registered on the basis of a complaint filed by Bobby Joshi on March 30 alleging gang-rapes during the Jat quota violence.
ALSO READ Haryana: Australian NRI, Delhi girl among women allegedly raped at Murthal The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken suo motu notice of media reports that some women, who were commuting on the Delhi-Ambala Highway (NH-1), were stripped and raped by rioters during the Jat agitation over reservation in government jobs.The Haryana Government had initially told the court that no incidents of rape or molestation had taken place.
Chandigarh: After denying outright any incidents of rapes during the violent Jat agitation in February this year, the Haryana government on Monday admitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court that there could be a possibility that rapes could have happened then.
The admission by the Haryana government came up during hearing of a case by the high court in Chandigarh on Monday.
Submitting a report by way of an affidavit filed by Inspector General of Police, South Range-cum-incharge, Special Investigation Team (SIT), Mamta Singh, the state police has include section 376-D (rape) of the Indian Penal Code to the FIR No. 118 registered on 30 March this year regarding the incidents at along National Highway No. 1 (NH-1) near Murthal in Haryana’s Sonipat district.
The section (of rape) has been included on the basis of complaint of Delhi resident Bobby Joshi that women were allegedly sexually assaulted by the agitators. The state government said that it had received anonymous letters alleging that the rapes took place.
In February this year, the Haryana government had emphatically told the high court that no such incidents of rape or molestation were reported from Sonipat district during the Jat agitation. The government had submitted a status report in the high court in this regard.
The preliminary status report was submitted following investigations into the mass gang-rape allegations by an all-women SIT constituted by the Haryana government. The SIT report said that no victim of the alleged mass gang rape or molestation had come forward to complain.
The high court, taking suo moto notice of the reports in the media about the mass gang rapes, had asked the Haryana government and police to submit a status report.
It had appointed lawyer Anupam Gupta as amicus curie in the matter.
The high court on Monday also questioned the Manohar Lal Khattar government on the appointment of the Parkash Singh Committee to look into the incidents of violence during the Jat agitation, asking it to clarify its constitutional and legal status.
At least 30 people were killed and over 320 injured in the nine-day long Jat agitation for reservation.
An Australian NRI and a girl from Delhi were among those allegedly raped during the Jat quota stir in Haryana’s Murthal in February.Earlier, media reports had said that at least 10 women were allegedly raped during the week-long Jat agitation, where 30 people were killed and large-scale violence and destruction of public and private properties took place. According to a report in a leading daily, after three women stated that they were raped during the Jat stir, Haryana Police have added gang-rape charges to the FIR in the case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report said that two women sent anonymous letters detailing the rapes, while the lawyer who is assisting the Punjab and Haryana High Court as amicus curiae in the case, has said that he has an audio recording of the third girl from East Delhi.One letter, sent by an Australian NRI, has been circulating on social media. The other, received by the Faridabad police, is from a girl living in a hostel who was allegedly raped while crossing NH-1, the daily reported.
ALSO READ Murthal gangrapes: Eyewitness comes forward; special police team starts probeDays after allegations of rape and molestation during the Jat quota agitation surfaced, a woman had come forward and registered a case of gangrape against seven persons, including her brother-in-law, in connection with the incident.Last month, a report sent by the Haryana government to the Union Home Ministry had rejected the allegation of sexual assaults on women near a ‘dhaba’ in Murthal, but said some women were “harassed”.
ALSO READ No gangrape in Murthal, Haryana government tells CenterThe next court hearing is scheduled on May 4.
A report sent by the Haryana government to the Union Home Ministry has rejected the allegation of sexual assaults on women near a ‘dhaba’ in Murthal but said some women were “harassed”.Government sources said the report clearly stated that allegations of sexual harassment of women during last month’s Jat agitation was incorrect. The Haryana government in its report has denied the allegations and said no eye-witness or victim has come forward to lodge complaints.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said a cloth shop is located near the place of purported incident and it was looted. Since some news reports said that women inner wear were found in a field of Murthal, it was suggested that the sexual assault indeed had taken place.The Haryana government report said that some women were “harassed” during the Jat agitation but there was no conclusive evidence to suggest sexual assault, sources said. Large scale violence and destruction of public and private properties have taken place during the week-long Jat agitation, demanding Quota, in Haryana in which about 30 people were killed last month.
The Prakash Singh committee set up by the Manohar Lal Khattar Government to inquire into the acts of ?omission and commission? civil and police officers during the Jat quota agitation is set to visit Rohtak today.The panel headed by retired IPS officer Prakash Singh, will visit the affected areas of the district and interact with both civil and police officers.It would also meet people of different sections of the society and seek information about the role of the officers.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, the Haryana government has fixed March 5 as the last date for submission of claims by those whose properties were damaged in the incidents of violence and arson during the Jat agitation for quota.”The last date would be March 5. As March 4 and 5 are holidays, all departments concerned have been asked to make necessary arrangement for receiving claims on both these days,” a government statement said.These departments will also ensure that the interim compensation is paid or released within four days of the receipt of claims. The remaining compensation will be paid within 15 days, it said.
Haryana Police has asked former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s close aide Virender and another person, who had been booked in Rohtak on sedition charges for trying to incite violence during the Jat quota agitation, to join investigation by Sunday.”They have been issued notice and given time till February 28 to join investigation,” Rohtak Superintendent of Police (SP) Shanshak Anand said on Saturday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police had on February 24 booked Virender, a Congress leader, and Man Singh Dalal on sedition charges after a 90-second audio clip of their purported conversation which revealed their attempt to incite violence during the Jat agitation, had gone viral on social media.An FIR was registered against Virender and Dalal under IPC sections 124 A (sedition), 120 B (conspiracy), 153 A (promoting enmity between classes) and 153 B (imputation, assertion prejudicial to national integration). The FIR was registered on a complaint by Pankaj Kumar, a Bhiwani resident.Virender has accepted that the voice in the clip was his but alleged the conversation has been “doctored”. He maintained he did not talk about instigating Jats or anyone. Congress had served a show-cause notice on Virender after the audio clip came to fore.
The three-member committee of women police officers constituted to receive complaints regarding alleged rape of women at Murthal near Sonepat during the Jat stir on Saturday visited the site of the alleged incident. The women police officers team led by DIG Dr Rajshree Singh and two women DSPs, Bharti Dabas and Surinder Kaur, visited the site to gather first hand information about the alleged incident, over 50 km from Delhi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked about recovery of some clothes beloning to women at Murthal on the Delhi Ambala National Highway, Rajshree told reporters, “These had been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory for examination”. “Let us see, what comes out,” she told reporters in Murthal.Asked how challenging would it be for the police to identify culprits of the alleged incident, she said police was visiting the “scene of the crime” to collect clues and talking to people in this regard. “It is challenging. But let us see, what happens,” she said, asserting, “It will be our endeavour that truth comes out.””We appeal to all citizens who have any clue to forward. They should meet us and tell us whatever they have seen, they should share with us all details and we will try to bring out the truth. We are visiting the scene of crime and meeting people,” she said.The state government, had yesterday said it would act “swiftly” as and when it receives complaint on alleged sexual assault during Jat agitation.Police had earlier maintained that no concrete evidence had been found so far which could prove sexual assault or rape of women took place at Murthal during the Jat stir for quota.Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken suo motu cognisance of a media report which had said that several women were allegedly raped at a highway in Murthal during Jat stir. The court had asked the Haryana DGP and Home Secretary to submit separate detailed report on this incident.However, the state government had been maintaining that no such incident had taken place.
Twenty eight people were killed during the Jat quota agitation in Haryana, Director General of Police Yashpal Singhal said, while maintaining that the situation was fast returning to normalcy and no untoward incident had been reported from anywhere today.”Twenty eight people have been killed during the stir. We have arrested 127 persons and registered FIR against 535 others. Over 200 persons including few security personnel were also injured during the agitation,” the DGP told a news conference here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Till Tuesday the state government had maintained the death toll at 19. Singhal said that situation was fast returning to normalcy in various parts of the State.He said that rail and road traffic had started on most routes which had remained blocked in view of over week long stir. “No untoward incident had been reported from anywhere in the State today,” he said.
Rohtak: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was on Tuesday heckled and an angry crowd gheraoed his vehicle as he visited Jat-dominated Rohtak district, the epicentre of the stir, even as he assured that strict action would be taken against who caused damage to public and private property.
As soon as he reached Rohtak, Khattar’s car was gheraoed by an angry mob who raised slogans like “Haryana
Police Murdabad” to protest the state police’s alleged failure in controlling the violent situation.
Khattar was also shown black flags and people also hooted him demanding strict action against people who took the city to ransom.
Addressing the people demanding strict action against “looters”, Khattar assured them that strictest action possible will be taken against those who set shops and commercial establishments on fire and caused damage to private property.
Rohtak saw massive damage to private property belonging to non-Jats.
In the city to review the situation, Khattar said the state government will give full compensation to those people whose property was damaged during the Jat agitation.
He said the state government would also give jobs to the affected families of those who are poor and economically backward.
The first-time MLA said the state government would also take strict action against those officers be it from district administration or police department for dereliction of duty.
“State government will take action against those government and police officials who made any lapse in performing their duty,” he further said.