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Rao Inderjit for permanent station for army in Mewat

Siddhartha Rai, Hindustan Times  Pathredi (Mewat), June 13, 2014
First Published: 12:07 IST(13/6/2014) | Last Updated: 12:09 IST(13/6/2014)

For the first time, efforts are on to find a solution to the communal tangle of the Meo-Muslim dominated Mewat district as union minister Rao Inderjit Singh proposed to permanently station army or para-military detachments in the district on Thursday.

The Gurgaon MP promised to either detach Tauru and include it in the Gurgaon district or make the tehsil into a new district altogether once the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes to power in the state. He also said that people must procure gun licences to protect themselves.

While Singh could not enter riot-torn Tauru, he addressed a Mahapanchayat of Tauru and adjoining villages held at Pathredi village. The meet was attended by BJP MP from MahendragarhBhiwani, Dharamveer Singh, and senior members of the Haryana BJP apart from people’s body Tauru Sangharsh Samiti.

“I am in talks over this with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

We will soon decide the modalities of the stationing. This is necessary as the local police have always failed to protect the people,” Singh said. Tauru’s municipality proposed to lend 14 acres of land for stationing jawans. As Dharamveer pointed out that Meo villages hinder movement of police personnel during such tense situations, Singh proposed to station helicopters to ferry troops.

Singh also announced compensation for the victims of Sunday’s violence. “The Centre will compensate all those injured or looted in the violence on June 8,” Singh said.

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