A sedition case has been registered against All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) national president Yashpal Malik and five other Jat leaders in Jind on Friday.
In a rally at Jat Dharamshala in Jind on Wednesday (May 25), Malik and others had given a call for holding protest in many states across the country on June 5, besides calling upon the state police and civil officials indicted by the Prakash Singh committee to fight against the government.
Investigating officer ASI Ravinder said Malik and five others were booked for hate speech as they tried to provoke people to protest against the government. “They are also reported to have made a statement that they will not let any other caste, except Jats, to live peacefully,” he said.
Police head constable Suresh Kumar deployed at Malik’s rally at the Jat Bhawan had made a video of the event and filed a complaint against Malik and other Jat leaders.
Based on his complaint, an FIR under sections 124A (sedition) and 154A (promoting enmity between groups on the basis of caste) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against Malik, Ishwar Singh, Raj Siwach, Krishan Keermara, Krishan Sheokand and RS Ahlawat.
A complaint has also been registered against more than 100 other unnamed people gathered at the event. A probe was under way, ASI Ravinder said.
Yashpal Malik was among the leaders who led the quota agitation in February wherein several districts of the state were rocked by unprecedented violence and arson.
Hailing from Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Malik dabbled in real estate business in Ghaziabad and Noida before taking up the Jat quota cause, which he had been promoting for the past many years.
CHEAP TRICK TO SABOTAGE OUR JUNE 5 PROTEST: MALIK
Hitting out at the government, Malik called the move a cheap trick to sabotage their protest on June 5. “It’s just another attempt on the part of the government to book Jat leaders in false cases.
The government is trying to sabotage our June 5 protest, seeking withdrawal of cases against innocent Jat youths during the quota stir in February,” he said.
Haryana DGP KP Singh, who was in Jind on Thursday, had said, “People from Uttar Pradesh are trying to foment trouble in Haryana by disrupting peace and harmony.” Reacting on his comments, Malik said he would like to remind the DGP that he also hailed from UP. “The fact that the FIR has been registered two days after my speech shows that it has been lodged on his orders only,” he added.
Cops to get training for riot control
The Rohtak police on Friday launched a training camp for cops to deal with riot-like situations in the district. During the camp, cops will be taught to use weapons like rubber bullets, plastic bullets, teargas shells, spice grenades etc which come in handy to disperse people during riots. A police spokesperson told HT that all the police personnel will be given this training turn-by-turn. Rohtak SP Shashank Anand said experienced trainers will give training to cops to make them adept in using modern and useful weapons.