Some officers gave free hand to agitators during Jat quota strike-  Enquiry panel

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Some of the officials in administration gave a free hand to the miscreants during the Jat quota strike in Haryana in February recently. This freedom was given for a particular time and it was ensured that administration reached the spot after that particular period lasting few hours. This fact has been disclosed by Former Director General of Police (DGP) UP and Assam Parkash Singh.

Singh who was the Chairman of the Committee to inquire into omissions and commission on the part of all officers and officials of civil and police administration during reservation agitation from February  7 to 22, 2016, said this while addressing media persons in Chandigarh on Friday after submitting its report to the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal.

Parkash Singh however refused to divulge details about the report, which has two volumes- one of 414 pages and other of 37 pages. Second volume, which is based on intelligence reports and therefore is in sealed cover.

After receiving the report, the Chief Minister said that the Government would examine the report and would take appropriate action at the earliest.

File photo- Charred remains of shops set on fire by Jat agitators demanding reservation, in Rohtak

File photo- Charred remains of shops set on fire by Jat agitators demanding reservation, in Rohtak

The Haryana Government had, on 25 February, 2016, appointed a Committee to inquire into the acts of omission and commission on part of all officers and officials of both police and civil administration during the period of February 7 to 22, 2016 when the Jat reservation agitation resulted in blockades of roads including National Highways, in violence and extensive damage to public and private properties in many districts.

The Committee headed by Mr  Prakash Singh, formerly DGP UP, DGP Assam and Director General Border Security Force, commenced its work on 2 March, 2016. Prakash Singh was assisted by K.P. Singh, DG Crime (presently, Director General of Police) and Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education, Archives and Cultural Affairs Department. The Committee visited all the eight affected districts of the State, inspected the scenes of crime, gave a patient hearing to the aggrieved, and also listened to all those members of the public who wanted to appear before the Committee. Petitions given by them were accepted. They were also given the facility to get their statements recorded. It turned out to be very elaborate and painstaking exercise in the course of which the Committee heard 2,217 persons from different walks of life. The Committee also interacted with administrative and police officers in all the districts and heard their version.

All the evidence gathered by the Committee was carefully evaluated. The Committee has today submitted its Report. The Report, which is in two volumes, runs into about 450 pages out of which the Main Report is in about 200 pages and there are another 200 pages of Annexures. The second volume, which has only about 40 pages, deals with the role of Intelligence in the context of the riots.

The Report has examined the role of officers in the affected districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Sonepat and Panipat. Officers who were derelict in the performance of their duties or who showed soft corner for the agitators and thereby allowed them a long rope have been identified. Government would examine the findings of the Committee regarding the role of such officers and decide on appropriate action to be taken against them.

The Committee has also made some recommendation to improve the functioning of the civil and police administration. These would also be carefully examined and suitable action taken.

The Committee has produced a very comprehensive report within a period of 71 days, which is commendable. The State Government would be taking expeditious follow up action on the Committee’s finding and recommendations.


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