At least 10 villagers were arrested after Jat protesters and police clashed near Patara-Gajuwala villages on Thursday. At least two police officials and an unspecified number of protesting villagers received injuries in the clash.
The Jat protesters, especially youngsters, were involved in a stand-off with police for nearly two hours as the former tried to disrupt train services by burning wooden sleepers of the rail track in Patara-Gajuwala villages near here.
The incident happened as the Hisar-Ludhiana train arrived at Gajuwala station. As protesters tried to damage the tracks to prevent the train from passing through the area, police force along with railway officials reached the spot and chased away the protesters and tried to douse the fire.
Meanwhile, the agitators regrouped a small distance away and tried to damage the rail tracks, following which police resorted to a baton-charge. As the situation turned tense, more villagers arrived at the spot and started pelting stones.
In the clash between police and protesters that continued for over two hours, Tohana Sadar incharge SI Sohan Singh and Sadar Jakhal incharge SI Randhir Singh sustained injuries and were hospitalised.
On the other hand, many villagers also sustained injuries.
Fatehabad SP Satinder Kumar Gupta and other top police officers reached the spot to take stock of the situation in Patara village. Seeing a posse of police force on the outskirts of their villages, several youths started pelting stones, forcing police to retreat.
Thereafter, Rapid Action Force personnel were ordered to comb Patara village to nab youths involved in stone-pelting and creating law and order problem.
A large number of RAF personnel allegedly barged into houses of villagers and beat them up mercilessly. Villagers accused RAF of using force even on women and children.
Mediapersons from different TV channels shot some clips in which RAF personnel could be seen dragging women out of their houses and making arrests.
Fatehabad SP Satinder Kumar Gupta said that ten persons were arrested from Patara on charge of murderous attack on police.
"In order to maintain peace and calm in the area, police and administration had appealed them to open the road blockade, but they did not do so and instead attacked police with sharp-edged weapons. To counter their attack, police arrested the accused," he added.