HC wants Jat stir report by Monday, fears Haryana will ‘go back by 50 yrs’

  • Press Trust of India, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2016 16:19 IST
A market that became a victim of arson in Rohtak. (Photo: Manoj Dhaka/HT)

While observing that state should be given more time for restoring normalcy, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday asked the Haryana government to file status report on Jat agitation by Monday. The agitation has claimed 19 lives and caused extensive damage to public and private property.

A division bench comprising justices S K Mittal and H S Sidhu gave the directions to the state’s advocate general BR Mahajan on a PIL filed by Bhiwani resident Murari Lal Gupta. The petitioner alleged that there is no law and order situation in the whole of Haryana particularly Rohtak, Bhiwani and Jind districts. He submitted that the “whole of Rohtak has been converted into ashes” due to acts of arson, violence and vandalism.

The bench hoped that the people of Haryana will understand the situation and keep calm. The court said that all political parties and their leaders should think about the welfare of people.

“Let Haryana remain Haryana as it is known. Otherwise it will go back by 50 years,” the bench observed. The petitioner submitted that there is atmosphere of terror in Haryana and the ground reality as is being projected by the government is far from truth.

The bench also asked the AG of Haryana to prepare an inventory of the deaths and loss suffered by the innocent people. Otherwise at a later stage even the insurance companies may deny the relief on the ground that the files are not available, the bench observed.

The AG pointed out that two petitions in this regard are also pending before the Supreme Court which are likely to be taken up on Wednesday.

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