Reiterating their demand of cancellation of FIRs against innocent people in the recent rampage over beef in Rewari, a 52-village mahapanchayat convened a meeting at Dharuhera village of Rewari district on Wednesday.
Apart from social organisations, the mahapanchayat witnessed vocal support from all the major political parties, which avowed their support for getting the cases withdrawn.
More than 67 vehicles were torched on NH-71 near Malpura village near Dharuhera industrial area on August 30, after a rumour was spread that a beef laden truck was first seized and then let off without any action by police. Thousands of people from nearby villages blocked traffic on the highway and damaged vehicles. However, police could not reach the spot due to traffic congestion and the protesters, who also torched two police posts on the highway. Criminal cases were registered against 600 people, and more than 10 people have been arrested so far.
Lambasting police for mishandling the case, the mahapanchayat said the law-enforcing agency booked those villagers who helped them identify the miscreants and prevent the attack from spreading, adding that the protesters who went on a rampage were outsiders, and police should take action against the real accused, instead of cracking the whip on innocent persons.
A letter was read on behalf of Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh in the mahapanchayat, and cancellation of FIRs against innocent people and a high-level probe were demanded.
On behalf of Rewari MLA and state power minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, his son Chiranjeev Rao attended the meeting and voiced his concern over the issue. Representatives of the Indian National Lok Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party also promised support to the mahapanchayat.