Jat Stir: Prakash Singh Says Lapses by Police Caused Violence

Violence took place..., ...lapses have been there. We are trying to pin-point to what extent the officials were negligent.

Published: 06th April 2016 03:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2016 03:22 AM   |  A+A-

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Charred remains of shops set on fire by Jat agitators demanding reservation in Rohtak on Sunday. | PTI


CHANDIGARH: Retired IPS officer Prakash Singh, heading a committee set up by Haryana government to inquire into the acts of "omission and commission" on the part of civil and police officers during the Jat quota agitation, today said lapses have been there which resulted in "large-scale violence".

"Violence took place on large scale, so naturally lapses have been there. We are trying to pin-point to what extent the officials were negligent," Singh told reporters here.

"We will soon complete the report," Singh said, adding after the report is fine-tuned, it will be submitted to the government.

It was up to the government to take action against those officials who were found erring in performing their duties, he said.

Replying to a question, Singh, who undertook a visit to the eight districts including the worst-hit areas of Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonipat, said the committee received complaints like delay in arrival of fire brigades or the Deputy Commissioner of the district concerned not helping out the locals.

"The committee has eyewitness accounts, affidavits from many locals. We are going through district-wise details and trying to make the report accordingly," he said.

Meanwhile, Haryana's Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar said "definitely whosoever is found guilty when the report is out, government will take action against him/her".

Haryana government set up the Prakash Singh committee over a month ago.

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