Home minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday there was no lapse on the part of the Centre or Haryana government in the handling of Jat quota protests in after the Opposition slammed the government on the issue in the Rajya Sabha.
In the Lok Sabha, INLD member from Haryana, Dushyant Chautala, asked the government to take action against certain newspapers and television channels for circulating ‘false’ reports of rapes at Murthal during the Jat agitation.
Replying to supplementary questions in the Rajya Sabha, the home minister said: “I don’t see lapses on part of the Centre or the state.”
Singh said the Haryana government expected a solution to the Jat quota issue during talks with community leaders but the protests turned violent after an incident where BSF had to open fire on protestors. The firing killed three people.
“The government of Haryana was posted with intelligence inputs and an advisory was also issued to the state on February 19,” Singh said.
The home minister said an inquiry commission headed by former Uttar Pradesh police chief Prakash Singh has been set up to look into various aspects and asked the members to wait for a report.
Singh informed the House that 2,012 FIRs have been registered in connection with the Jat stir, 370 people arrested and 20 cases have been registered by the Government Railway Police.
“This (violence) in Haryana was due to utter failure of the state and central governments,” Congress member Kumari Selja said.
Senior JD-U leader Sharad Yadav said just to say a committee has been appointed is like running away from the responsibility.