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CBI registers three probe cases in Jat reservation agitation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI on Thursday registered three cases to probe incidents of violence and arson during the Jat quota agitation in Rohtak in February, including the burning of residence of Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu.CBI spokesperson said the agency took over investigation in these cases on the request of Haryana government and further orders from Department of Personnel and Training. “Allegations include attacking, looting of weapons of the police guard, attempting to murder the family members and burning down the residence of Finance Minister in the government of Haryana,” she said.One of the cases registered by the agency relates to alleged arson at the residence of Abhimanyu on February 19 while another is related to assault and looting of weapons from the company of BSF and Haryana Police by the rioters.The rioters had allegedly attempted to murder the troops while they were on law and order duty at Delhi bypass, Rohtak, the spokesperson said.”A large number of persons were allegedly injured and some of them grievously in these violent attacks. It was further alleged that property worth crores of rupees was burnt and weapons of police guards were looted by the agitators who were demanding reservation for a certain community in Haryana. These cases have been transferred by the Government of Haryana to CBI,” the spokesperson said.Rohtak was the hotbed of agitation related to demand of reservation for Jats in OBC category in February during which over 30 people lost their lives.

Jat quota stir: 20 detained in Hisar for holding protests without permission

Hisar: With the pro-quota agitation by Jats entering its 14th day, as many as 20 persons belonging to the
community were on Saturday detained by police for holding a dharna without permission at Surewala Chowk here.

Former district president of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) Ami Singh said the organisation had applied for permission for staging an indefinite dharna starting Saturday, which was turned down by the district administration.

File image of Jat agitation. PTI

File image of Jat agitation. PTI

When the Jat protesters assembled near the Chowk on Hisar-Tohana road, about 40 km from here, at around 10 am on Saturday, police along with officials from district administration asked them to lift their dharna.

Later, police detained 20 persons and took them to Barwala police station. Those detained include spokesperson of Kundu Khap, Jagbir Kundu and ex-president of Hisar Zila Parishad, Ajit Litani, among others, Singh said.

Jat protesters have been demanding reservation in central as well in state government jobs and release of “innocent youths” arrested during the stir in February. They are also demanding adequate compensation and jobs for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the earlier round of protests, and cancellation of the sedition case registered against AIJASS president Yashpal Malik.

Meanwhile, an indefinite dharna by the members of community continued for 14th day today at Mayyar village in Hisar district.

Several Jat leaders who addressed the protest meet, accused the Khattar government of having an “indifferent” attitude towards reservation and alleged that the state government was not serious about the issue. They claimed that reservation is the right of Jats and they would get it from the government.

The protesters also demanded withdrawal of cases registered against Jat leaders and other agitators. The spokesperson of the Samiti, Ram Bhagat Malik, said the dharna would remain peaceful.

Meanwhile, district administration said they have made elaborate arrangements to deal with any situation.

Jat leaders likely to start reservation agitation from 5 June, Haryana cops on alert

Chandigarh: With Jat community leaders giving a call to restart their agitation for reservation from 5 June, the Haryana Police on Thursday announced that leave of all police personnel has been cancelled.

“With the Jat reservation agitation likely commencing from 5 June in various districts of Haryana, the police department has stopped leave of all kinds except in emergent cases till further orders,” a Haryana Police spokesman said here.

File image of Jat agitation. PTI

File image of Jat agitation. PTI

A communication to this effect has been sent to all Commissioners of Police, District Superintendents and heads of other police establishments.

Haryana Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Mohammad Akil said on Thursday that police was fully geared up to meet any eventuality.

“The police and district administration would maintain law and order and safety of the people would be ensured. Individuals or group of people found trying to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere directly or indirectly would invite stern action against themselves,” Akil said.

“There is neither shortage of police force nor of equipment in maintaining law and order. The police would not tolerate any act to block road or rail. The police officers are holding meetings with responsible citizens to maintain peace in rural and urban areas,” he said.

Haryana saw the worst violence in its five decades of existence in February this year during the Jat agitation for reservation.

As many as 30 persons were killed and 320 other injured and property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed in Haryana during the violence in February. The state remained paralysed for nearly 10 days.

The BJP government in Haryana, led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, which was blamed for inept handling of the violence in February, on Tuesday announced a state-level riot control room to deal with the forthcoming agitation.

The Khattar government had last month notified reservation for the Jat and five other communities in jobs and admissions but the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week stayed the notification.

Authorities have started mobilising security forces at various places in Haryana following the threat by a section of Jat leaders to renew from June 5 their agitation for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions under the Backward Class category.

Police personnel and para-military forces have been stationed in sensitive districts like Sonipat, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Panipat and Kaithal to ensure law and order.

In Sonipat district, orders have been imposed under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, prohibiting any assembly of five or more people at any place.

Haryana: Australian NRI, Delhi girl among women allegedly raped at Murthal

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.

Haryana police arrests teacher who leaked AIPMT-2015 question paper last year

Haryana Police on Sunday arrested a teacher for allegedly leaking the question paper of All India Pre-medical Test (AIPMT), held last year, from an exam centre where he was on duty. Satish Kumar (31), a Physical Training Instructor, who was working at a private school in Rohtak was arrested from a hotel near Football Chowk in Ambala. He belongs to Bhagwatipur village in Rohtak district, police said. The arrest was made after prolonged interrogation of paper-leak mastermind Roop Singh Dangi, who was arrested earlier this week, a police official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After arrest, Kumar was produced before a Duty Magistrate in Rohtak who sent him in three days police remand, he said, adding further investigation is underway and both Dangi and Kumar are being questioned. The AIPMT exam, conducted in May last year, was cancelled after Rohtak police unearthed the paper-leak case and a fresh exam was conducted later on.A Special Investigation Team was constituted and nearly 30 persons have been arrested in connection with the case. Dangi, who had been evading arrest for several months and was declared a proclaimed offender, was arrested from Jakhoda Road near the Bahadurgarh bypass on March 31.

Can’t bring undertrials to Delhi due to Jat stir: Haryana cops

Haryana police has informed a Delhi court that undertrials from the state would not be produced there till the Jat agitation ends, as the cops were busy maintaining law and order.LIVE INDIA vs WEST INDIES 2nd semi final T20, ICC World T20A circular issued by the office of District and Sessions Judge (headquarters) informed the concerned judges of the Tis Hazari Courts in New Delhi about the letter received from Haryana Police.”A copy of fax letter has been received from the Superintendent of Police, District Jhajjar, Haryana state with the intimation that due to Jat reservation agitation in Haryana, large number of police force has been deployed on various places to maintain law and order duties during the agitation. Therefore, it would be difficult for the police force to produce the undertrials in the court of law at Delhi from March 17 till the Jat reservation agitation ends,” a circular by Additional District and Sessions Judge Shail Jain said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bill to provide reservation to Jats and five other communities in government jobs and educational institutions was unanimously passed on March 29 by the Haryana Assembly, ahead of the April 3 deadline set by the community which launched a violent quota agitation last month.At least 30 people lost their lives and more than 320 were injured in the worst ever Jat agitation witnessed in Haryana.Besides, financial loss to the tune of hundreds of crores was incurred by people whose homes and business establishments were damaged in the arson that followed the agitation leaving the state paralysed for nearly two weeks.

Murthal mystery: First victim of alleged gang-rape incidents comes forward, FIR lodged

After six days of mystery on a series of alleged gang-rapes committed in Haryana’s Murthal during the Jat quota stir, a victim has reportedly gathered courage and approached the state police on Sunday. An FIR has been lodged to this effect.

“A woman has come forward and told the Haryana Police that she was pulled out of a car and gang-raped in Murthal on the night of February 22.”—a NDTV report said.

The alleged gang-rapes happened during the quota protests by Jats. PTIThe alleged gang-rapes happened during the quota protests by Jats. PTI

The alleged gang-rapes happened during the quota protests by Jats. PTI

Significantly, the FIR also names the victims brother-in-law including six others. The victim is a Delhi resident from Narela. With the alleged involvement of the brother-in-law, the police are also looking into the angle of a family dispute.

The woman told the police she was accompanied by her 12-year-old daughter, who was let-off unharmed, when they were pulled out of the car by seven men including her relative.”—the NDTV report said.

According to a Zee News report “…clothes and undergarments of women were found strewn in the area but Haryana Police claimed that these could have fallen out from bags of the commuters who were stopped and chased away by the Jat protestors who set their vehicles on fire later.

Despite the FIR by one of the alleged victims, the gang-rapes still remain shrouded in mystery as details are emerging in a scarce manner.

Three truck drivers who claimed to have witnessed the crimes on Saturday, denied having witnessed any incident of alleged molestation or rape of women during the pro-quota Jat agitation at Murthal in Sonepat district, police said on Sunday.

“Three truck drivers have denied that they had seen molestation or rape of women (at Murthal),” Haryana Police,
DIG, Rajshree Singh said.

Truck drivers Sukhwinder, Abdul Wahid and Yadwinder have, however, said that their trucks were burnt by agitators.

A team of three women police officers –DIG Rajshree Singh, DSPs Bharti Dabas and Surinder Kaur was formed by
Haryana government “to gather information concerning the alleged incident of sexual assault on some women near Murthal on the intervening night of February 22 and 23.”

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had on Saturday asked people to share information, if they have any, with the state police regarding the alleged incident.

With input from PTI

Murthal gangrapes: First victim from Delhi comes forward, files FIR

First victim from Delhi reportedly has come forward and filed an FIR in the alleged Murthal gangrape case which has left many shocked. Although the DIG of Haryana Police, Rajshree Singh said that the matter seems like a family dispute as the victim mentioned her brother in law’s name in the FIR. She also said that the case has become a matter of investigation now.Singh said, “I received a call yesterday morning from a woman, she wanted to meet me. The lady arrived at the Murthal Police Station and said that she was gang-raped on the intervening night of 22-23 February.” The complainant said she knew all of them.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The officer, who heads a three-member team of women police officers constituted by the Haryana government to go into alleged incidents of rape and molestation of several women by Jat protesters, however, said a “family dispute” could be the reason behind the woman filing the complaint.The officer said the victim was not sure about the exact scene of the crime but claimed she was raped in a building near Murthal when she was on way to Narela in Delhi from Haridwar on a van. The woman, however, said her 15-year-old daughter, who was accompanying her was not raped but her clothes were torn.Singh said most of the complaints she was receiving was from men who claimed their vehicles had been damaged by the agitators.The first eyewitness in the case yesterday said that the women were assaulted by a group of youngsters, who came on motorcycles and dragged them into the fields.”I saw some of the protestors ripping off the clothes of the women and taking them in the fields. I saw it with my own eyes that they tore the clothes of the women,” said an eye witness. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken suo moto cognizance of a report of mass gangrapes of women in Murthal near Sonepat on February 22.It was reported that women passengers were stopped on the national highway near Murthal on early Monday morning and were dragged to the surrounding fields and raped.Earlier, some locals, including truck drivers, had claimed they had seen women being dragged to the fields by the protesters. TV channels showed footage of garments worn by women strewn in some places. Some village heads had, however, trashed their claims and described it as an attempt to defame the people of the area.The police, however, said that no such incident had occurred and called it a rumour but the eyewitnesses of the incident said that around 10 women were dragged out of the vehicles and then they were sexually assaulted, Tribune India reported.Reports also state that district officials told the victims and their families to not report the incident as it will affect their “honour”. It was said that around 30 goons attacked the commuters who were heading towards the National Capital Region (NCR). The commuters were made to get out of their vehicles as goons set the cars on fire, while some managed to run for shelter, some women could not escape.The women were then pulled out, stripped and raped, according to reports. After witnessing the incident, the nearby residents of Hassanpur and Kurad brought blankets and clothes for the victims who had not moved from the fields in shock.

Haryana suspends IG, 2 deputy SPs over Jat quota riots

Chandigarh: Initiating action against police officers following the recent violent Jat agitation, the Haryana government on Thursday ordered the suspenion an inspector general of police (IGP) and two deputy superintendents of police (DSPs).

Members of the Jat community protest for caste-based resveration. Representational Photo. PTIMembers of the Jat community protest for caste-based resveration. Representational Photo. PTI

Members of the Jat community protest for caste-based resveration. Representational Photo. PTI

Those suspended include IGP Shrikant Jadhav, who was the Rohtak range IG till last week when the agitation took a violent turn.

Jadhav was, on Sunday, shunted out at Rohtak Range IG and posted as IG, State Crime Record Bureau, Madhuban, an inconsequential posting.

The two DSPs suspended are Amit Dahiya and Amit Bhatia, both posted in Rohtak town.

The Haryana Police is being accused of not reacting to the situation and ensuring safety of people and property as the violent protestors had a field day in arson and looting.

Rohtak, Sonipat, Panipat and Jhajjar, the districts worst-hit by violence in the ongoing Jat agitation, fall under the Rohtak range. Other affected districts included Bhiwani, Hisar and Kaithal.

Rohtak town, 75 km from Delhi, suffered the brunt of the mindless violence by the Jat protestors with scores of buildings, shops, malls, private hospitals, educational institutions and vehicles being set on fire and extensively damaged.

As many as 28 people were killed and over 200 injured in the nine-day long agitation which saw highways, roads and railway tracks being blocked. Authorities had to requisition the army and paramilitary forces to control the situation.

The Haryana Police had on Wednesday registered a case sedition and criminal conspiracy against Virender Singh, a close aide of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for trying to fan violence during the Jat agitation.

A Khap leader, Man Singh Dalal, was also named in the first information report registered at the Civil Lines police station in Rohtak.

Both were booked for sedition, trying to incite violence and criminal conspiracy.

IANS

Jat agitation: Sedition charge slapped on Hooda’s close aide over video clip

Haryana police on Wednesday booked former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s close aide Virender on sedition charges over an audio clip of his conversation in which he allegedly incited violence during the Jat quota agitation.An FIR has been registered in Rohtak against Virender and Man Singh Dalal, who also allegedly figured in the taped conversation, under various sections of the IPC, including sections 124-A (sedition) and section 120-B (conspiracy), Haryana Police DGP Yashpal Malik told the media here. The have also been charged with IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between classes) and section 153-B (imputation, assertion prejudicial to national integration), he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The FIR against the duo has been registered on a complaint of a Bhiwani resident Pankaj Kumar, DGP said. The DGP said that if other “conspirators” are found, they too will be booked and action will be taken against them as per law for attempts to disturb peace in the state.Virender, advisor to former chief minister and Congress leader Hooda, had earlier accepted that the voice in the clip was his but alleged that it had been “doctored”. He has maintained that nowhere had he talked about instigating Jats or anyone. “Moreover, the conversation is an old one, much before the current unrest started,” he had said earlier.Congress had served a show cause notice on the PCC delegate Virender after the audio clip came to light. Referring to the audio clip, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had told reporters in Rohtak yesterday it would be thoroughly investigated.Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly and senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala had said the clip makes it clear how “attempt” was being made to “instigate” the protesters “sitting peacefully”.

Jat quota stir: Security forces take control of the Munak Canal, water supply to Delhi likely to be restored soon

Chandigarh: Normal supply of water to Delhi from Haryana, which had been disrupted due to the Jat stir, is likely to be restored on Monday as security forces have taken control of the Munak Canal after evicting Jat protesters.

Two columns of th Army, CRPF and Haryana Police personnel took over control of the canal at around 4 am, official sources said.

All protesters who were squatting at the site were evicted, the sources said.

Security forces at protests by the Jat community. AFPSecurity forces at protests by the Jat community. AFP

Security forces at protests by the Jat community. AFP

Haryana’s Irrigation Department officials are at the spot and were engaged in carrying out repairs at the spot.

Normal water supply should be restored during the day, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has called a cabinet meeting in the afternoon to take stock of the situation in the wake of the Jat stir.

Delhi has been facing a water crisis following cut in its supply from Haryana due to Jat stir, prompting the Government to order shutting of all schools on Monday and rationing of water.

Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal had said yesterday that their first priority was to restore Delhi’s water supply from Akbarpur Barota point in Sonipat.

Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) P K Das had told reporters on Sunday that they were facing difficulty in evicting protesters from the Munak Canal and had temporarily suspended the efforts to evict them as the situation could turn volatile.

However, after the BJP announced to set up a committee to examine the quota demand for the community yesterday, fresh attempts were made to persuade the protesters to vacate the canal area.

PTI

Gangster Sandeep Gadoli encounter: SC to hear Haryana Police’s plea

The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear the Haryana Police’s plea against the Bombay High Court order for registration of an FIR against its team in the shootout case of gangster Sandeep Gadoli.Gadoli, who was carrying a reward of Rs. 1.25 lakh, was killed in an encounter with the Gurgaon Crime unit on February 7.A team of Gurgaon city crime branch had come in search of Gadoli, who was residing in a hotel in Mumbai’s Andheri East.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the police team entered his room, there was cross firing between the accused and the police men.Gadoli was admitted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Two policemen were also injured in the incident.

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