Jasbir Singh, an Independent MLA from Haryana’s Safidon, and his son Jitender Singh alias Johny have been booked on murder charges after two youths were killed and several others injured in alleged firing from the legislator’s house during the Jat agitation in demand of reservation. While Jasbir belongs to the Jat community, the victims are a Saini and a Jhinwar Sikh.
The MLA and his son are yet to be arrested. Apart from the murder charge, the FIR accuses them of rioting armed with deadly weapons and unlawful assembly for committing offence in prosecution of common object. IG, Hisar Range, Anil Kumar Rao said, “The inquiry is on. We will not jump to any conclusion and will arrest the accused with complete evidence so that there is no controversy.”
The two youths killed in the February 21 incident were Naveen (20), a Saini and a resident of ward number 2 near Purani Chungi in Safidon, and Bir Singh (28), a Jhinwar Sikh from Chhapar village. Naveen, who had studied till the Intermediate level, worked as a labourer. Bir Singh worked at a cloth shop in Safidon. While Naveen died at Khanpur Kalan Medical College and Hospital in Sonepat, Bir Singh was declared dead on arrival at Safidon civil hospital.
An FIR was lodged on February 22 on the complaint of Naveen’s uncle Om Prakash, who was reportedly with the youth when he was shot. Om Prakash has alleged that gunshots were fired from the MLA’s house when they were on their way to Safidon market on a motorcycle.
“When we reached near his house, we saw Jasbir with his son and other persons. The MLA said, ‘Sainis of this city have come, shoot them’. After this, the firing started. The first bullet missed us, but the second bullet fired by Johny hit Naveen. Presuming him to be dead, they went inside the house,” Om Prakash has said.
The MLA and his son have not been named in the second FIR, registered for Bir Singh’s murder. The complainant, the victim’s younger brother Gurvinder, has only said that when his brother was passing by the MLA’s house, a bullet fired from the house hit him in the chest.
As per Jind police records, as many as 50 FIRs have so far been registered in the district in connection with violence during the Jat agitation for reservation.