Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said the state government did not promise to withdraw cases against those found guilty of violence during the Jat stir in February.
Khattar was speaking after visiting the damaged properties in Rohtak on his third visit to the riot-hit city since February. In his first visit soon after the riots, he was heckled by angry traders forcing him to cut short the visit.
“We never said that we would withdraw cases against those found guilty. The police have videos and CCTV footage and it is checking properly to make sure no innocent was arrested,” Khattar said. His comments came in the wake of the protests taking place regularly across the state by Jat protesters demanding withdrawal of cases against youths belonging to their community. Jats have been demanding the release of their community members arrested in the agitation case.
On Monday, youths belonging to Jat Ekta Manch group in Rohtak gave a memorandum to deputy commissioner Atul Kumar to be handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing the Khattar government of not keeping its promise of withdrawing cases against the youths.
The chief minister visited the riot-hit areas and interacted with the victims to hear their grievances. He visited the burnt shops at Sukhpura Chowk and Model Town, and then visited finance minister Capt Abhimanyu’s house, which was burnt twice during the riots. Khattar said, “Only monsters can carry out such heinous activities. The way the house was burnt shows a political conspiracy.”
On complaints that traders were being forced to sign documents saying they were satisfied with the compensation given, Khattar said there was no obligation for anyone to sign the document. “If traders are not happy with the compensation, they don’t need to sign. The government is working seriously to make sure everyone is adequately compensated,” he said.
On being asked about the government’s action on the Prakash Singh committee report, Khattar said the committee was formed to look into the wrongdoings of police and civil administration. “We will probe the matter once the report is out,” he said.
VIPs visit Capt Abhimanyu’s house
Haryana finance minister Capt Abhimanyu’s house has become the centre of attraction for VIPs who have been thronging the place after it was burnt twice during the riots in February. The house on Monday was visited by the Haryana chief minister. Earlier, Union minister of state Sanjeev Balyan, along with four other BJP MPs—Baghpat MP Satyapal Singh, West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma, Fatehpur Sikri MP Babulal and Sikar MP Sumedhanand—ignored other riot-hit properties in the city but visited Capt’s house. Yoga guru Ramdev also visited Abhimanyu’s house. Besides, a gathering of khap leaders from different states marks their attendance at Capt’s residence on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, the opposition called Abhimanyu’s house as a “tourist site” and accused these leaders of not visiting other riot-hit properties but only their party leader’s house.