Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhey Singh Chautala on Sunday held the Haryana chief minister responsible for the violence at Karontha village of the district, which left three dead and more than 100 injured on May 12.
The Ellenabad MLA said: “Had he (Bhupinder Singh Hooda), who was in Rohtak at the time of the clash, taken preventive measures, the violence could have been averted.”
Addressing his party workers at the party office here on Sunday, Chautala claimed that he had seen Hooda making aerial survey of the clash on the day violence erupted.
Stating that Hooda failed to take timely steps to curb violence, he asked why the state government did not take the dispute of Arya Samajis and Rampal supporters seriously when both the parties had been submitting memoranda to the district administration, seeking amicable solution to their problems.
Meanwhile, Chautala, during his visit to Ladhot village, donated a sum of Rs 5 lakh to the Arya Samaj gurukul for building the memorial of the third deceased identified as Udayveer.
The row had started after the Satlok Ashram was handed back to its management April 7. Thereafter, Arya Samajis started pressurising the district administration to get the ashram evacuated.
The administration, instead of taking action, chose to ignore their pleas despite being aware of the history of clash between the two parties in 2006.
In interview conducted by the Hindustan Times recently, Arya Samajis and the ashram management blamed the state government and the district administration for the recent clash.