THE KAITHAL police on Monday registered an FIR on a complaint alleging that Roshan Lal Arya, the former Congress MLA from Chhachhrauli, and others made derogatory remarks against Jats and took an oath against the community, at the PWD Rest House in the town.
The FIR has been registered at the Police Station, Civil Lines, Kaithal, on the basis of a complaint filed by Shamsher Singh, a resident of Neemwala village in the district.
Those named in the complaint have been charged with wanton provocation with intent to cause riots; promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and race; doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, criminal intimidation and disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servants.
Arya had been expelled from the Congress in 2010 for his alleged derogatory remarks against the then state government accusing it of favouring Jats.
Speaking to The Indian Express, complainant Shamsher Singh (44), a farmer from the Jat community, said, “I came across a video on the internet where Roshan Lal Arya and over 100 people gathered at the PWD Rest House in Kaithal, took an oath that called for a division between 35 biradari (castes) and Jats and spoke derogatory words against the community. It is not tolerable. There can be one or two bad people in any community but all cannot be painted by the same brush.”
He claimed that he does not belong to any political party that the decision to file the complaint was taken after he met Jat community members on Monday. He said he has handed over a CD with the video to the Kaithal police.
On the content of the oath allegedly taken by Arya, Kasturi Lal, Sushil Kumar, Kuldip Sharma and others, the FIR reads, “I take the oath to maintain the unity of 35 Biradari lifelong. I will not maintain any political, social and economic relation with Jat community and will neither wish any Jat nor will take greetings from any Jat. I will not purchase goods from any shop owned by a Jat and will not give goods to any Jat from my shop.”
Though the complainant does not know the exact date of when Arya and others allegedly took the oath but he said that it was probably in last week of February and added, “Everything is very clear in video and it speaks for itself. After an investigation, the truth will come out.”