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Jat stir: Khattar heckled in Rohtak; HC seeks status report by Feb 29

PTI
Published : Feb 23, 2016, 3:29 pm IST
Updated : Feb 23, 2016, 3:29 pm IST

The Jat agitation claimed 19 lives and caused extensive damage to public and private property.

The Haryana Chief Minister was heckled, black flags shown and his car was gheraoed (Photo: Twitter)
 The Haryana Chief Minister was heckled, black flags shown and his car was gheraoed (Photo: Twitter)

The Jat agitation claimed 19 lives and caused extensive damage to public and private property.

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, the Chief Minister's car was gheraoed by angry people 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 was even heckled by the crowd. People also hooted against Khattar and demanded 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, which was the epicenter of the Jat stir, 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 persons whose property was damaged during the Jat agitation.

He said the state government would also give jobs to 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 in duty.

"State government will take action against those government and police officers who made any lapse in performing their duty," he further said.

He also assured the people that the government would take action against people who burnt shops and commercial establishments.

 

Meanwhile, the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the Haryana Government to file a status report by Monday on the Jat agitation.

A division bench comprising justices S K Mittal and H S Sidhu gave the directions to the state's Advocate General B R Mahajan on a PIL filed by Bhiwani resident Murari Lal Gupta.

The petitioner alleged that there is no law and order situation in the whole of Haryana particularly Rohtak, Bhiwani and Jind districts.

He submitted that the "whole of Rohtak has been converted into ashes" due to acts of arson, violence and vandalism.

The bench hoped that the people of Haryana will understand the situation and keep calm. The court said that all political parties and their leaders should think about the welfare of people. "Let Haryana remain Haryana as it is known. Otherwise it will go back by 50 years," the bench observed.

 

The petitioner submitted that there is atmosphere of terror in Haryana and the ground reality as is being projected by the government is far from the truth.

The bench also asked the AG of Haryana to prepare an inventory of the causalities suffered and loss suffered by the innocent people.

Otherwise at a later stage even the insurance companies may deny the relief on the ground that the files are not available, the bench observed.

The AG pointed out that two petitions in this regard are also pending before the Supreme Court which are likely to be taken up tomorrow.

Location: India, Haryana, Rohtak