Jat quota stir: Six months on, only 10 held on murder charges

Atleast in 18 out of 30 cases, families alleged that their kin were ‘murdered’, while in the remaining cases, people died in the firing by security forces.

Written by Sanjeev Verma | Chandigarh | Updated: September 22, 2016 4:50 am
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Six months have passed since the Jat quota stir rocked Haryana, where 30 people had lost their lives while 324 suffered injuries. And the family of those who lost their lives are still awaiting justice.

However, the state police have only managed to arrest only 10 accused wanted for murder charges till date. Atleast in 18 out of 30 cases, families alleged that their kin were ‘murdered’, while in the remaining cases, people died in the firing by security forces. The delay has left most of the family members in the lurch and with little hope that the murderers will ever be arrested.

“We know that there is pressure from the government on police and this is the reason why not even a single culprit has been arrested for murdering my son, “ said Jai Bhagwan, father of one of the deceased.

Ironically, even the state Director General of Police KP Singh refused to share any information on the accused arrested in murder cases. “Since the case is sub-judice, I can’t tell you anything. You can get the information from the court”.

On being told that the state police have not submitted any specific information to the Punjab and Haryana High Court about the arrested persons, the DGP questioned, “When we have not provided information to the High Court, how can I give it to you?”

A native of Jind’s Chappar village, Gurvinder Singh, who lost his elder brother Bir Singh (28) in a firing incident on February 21, said, “My brother was hit by bullets fired from MLA Jasbir Singh’s house in broad daylight and we are surprised that police have not been able to arrest anyone till date.”

Similarly, Naveen (20), a resident of Ward No. 2 near Purani Chungi in Safidon was also killed in the firing from the MLA’s house and an FIR was registered against the MLA and his son. But Naveen’s paternal uncle Om Prakash, who was accompanying Naveen when gun shots were allegedly fired at them, said, “We have lost all hope for justice and the MLA and his son are roaming freely.”

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Om Prakash, father of another deceased, said, “Forget arresting the murderers of my son, the police have even refused to acknowledge it as a murder and converted the case into death by accident”. During the earlier hearing on September 1, AS Chawla had informed the court that out of a total of 2,104 cases, the chargesheet has been submitted in 407 cases in which 3,373 accused are facing trial and police are in the process of finalising chargesheets in 132 more cases.