Haryana government has decided to get a judicial enquiry conducted to look into the incidents of arson during Haryana Jat protests in February recently.
Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal on Tuesday informed the assembly members that a judicial enquiry would be got conducted to completely unearth the entire conspiracy behind the series of sad and unfortunate incidents which continued for 80 hours in the month of February this year.
The Chief Minister was replying to the Adjournment Motion, demanded by Leader of Opposition, Abhay Singh Chautala, MLA, after the house discussed the issue for about four hours in the ongoing session of the Vidhan Sabha, on Tuesday. Apart from, Abhey Singh Chautala, a number of other legislators of different political parties participated in the discussion on the adjournment motion. The Speaker Kanwar Pal gave them ample time to air their views.
Manohar Lal said that stern action has been initiated against the erring officers and officials. While a police personal has been dismissed under Article 311(2)(b) of the Constitution of India, the Government has placed under suspension one Inspector General of Police and two Deputy Superintendents of Police and initiated further action against them. Action has also been initiated against some more police officials.
The Chief Minister said “I would like to assure the House that government is capable of successfully handling any unpleasant incident. Strict and sufficient action will be taken against persons of criminal nature, innocent persons will not be unnecessarily harassed and all decisions will be taken on merit. Any police or administrative official found negligent in discharge of his duties will not be spared. Persons belonging to all 36 communities traditionally live in Haryana in harmony with one another. The government is making all possible efforts with full strength and promptitude to re-establish the brotherhood and to heal the wounds created by these unfortunate series of incidents.”
The Chief Minister recalled, “In February this year, after the demand for reservation, the incidents, which occurred in some parts of the State, were undoubtedly very sad and unfortunate. But to say that the incidents occurred due to willful negligence on the part of the Haryana Government is completely untrue and baseless. And the allegations that the response of the Government in assessing the loss due to damage caused to the innocent lives and the property or to provide immediate assistance to them is completely irresponsible and false.”
“From the very start of the demand for reservation, the government tried to resolve the issue through dialogue. The people of Haryana know that immediately after our meeting with about 70 delegates of ‘Sarv Jat Khap’ which was held for two hours on February 9, 2016, the delegates withdrew their proposed February 15 Haryana Bandh call. They were fully satisfied with our decision of constituting a 3-member committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary for suggesting ways by March 31, 2016 to fulfill their demand.”
Giving details about the several meetings with the agitators, the CM said that an assurance was given for bringing suitable bill in the Vidhan Sabha for providing reservation. The representatives of agitators also agreed to it and happily went after giving a vote of thanks.
The CM alleged that despite the government agreeing to the demand for reservation, people belonging to some political parties with a view to continue the agitation, continued abetting the agitators.
“I would like to request all the members to rise above personal and political interests and to resolve to stop recurrence of such unfortunate incidents in future. I sincerely believe that if we take collective decisions in the interest of the State then no anti-social element will ever dare to disturb the peace in the State:” added the Chief Minister.