The Haryana government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday that as many as 1,117 criminal cases had been registered and 147 people had been arrested in connection with the violence reported during the Jat quota agitation in the state.
Submitting a status report on the issue, director general of police (DGP) YP Singal told the high court that 30 people had lost their lives in the protests and 324 people had been injured — including 67 security personnel. The figures reported were up to February 28.
Posting the matter for further hearing for March 14, the high court bench of justice SK Mittal and justice HS Sidhu observed that government should list damaged properties of government as well as private persons. The government was also verbally told to find out as to how violent protests took place in the presence of security personnel. The high court also asked the state whether it had made any recoveries of looted goods etc, so far.
“This is an issue where we all are wrong. Everybody has to realise how to maintain peace. Past is past. Let it remain so. Think of the future,” the high court bench observed.
Court questions Ambala man on petition against BJP MP
The high court bench questioned an Ambala resident Paramjit Singh Gill as to why he had filed a petition seeking action against Bharatiya Janata Party MP Raj Kumar Saini who had reportedly given inflammatory statements against Jats. “Why have you not impleaded others. It is not him only, others were also giving (such) statements,” the high court bench asked while adjourning the hearing on plea for April 26.
Court refuses to give any direction to media
The court refused to give any direction to media as one of the counsel accused the media of sensationalisation.
“We can’t refrain the media from reporting it. If you have anything substantial against anybody, implead them as a party,” the court told one of the counsels who had sought directions to the media for reporting on the issue.