The Prakash Singh probe panel constituted to probe lapses on part of civil and police administration officials during Jat agitation in February has castigated over 90 officers including IAS/IPS officers besides various state cadre officers for lapses on their part. The panel Friday submitted its report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The Committee produced a comprehensive report within a period of 71 days.
“The state government shall examine all aspects of the report and take appropriate action at the earliest”, Manohar Lal Khattar said.
The Report, which is in two volumes, runs into about 450 pages out of which the Main Report is in about 200 pages and there are another 200 pages of Annexures. The second volume, which has only about 40 pages, deals with the role of Intelligence in the context of the riots.
After submitting it to the Chief Minister, Prakash Singh addressed mediapersons and briefly described about what the report was all about. Prakash Singh mentioned that the committee headed by him had not gone into the political aspect of the agitation.
He mentioned that the committee has examined 143 video footages pertaining to the arson during Jat agitation and shall be submitting over 10 hours of video recorded statements to the home department for further necessary action.
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On 25 February, 2016, Haryana government had constituted a Committee to inquire into the acts of omission and commission on part of all officers and officials of both police and civil administration during the period 7th —22nd February, 2016 when the Jat reservation agitation resulted in blockades of roads including National Highways, in violence and extensive damage to public and private properties in many districts.
The Committee headed by Prakash Singh, former Director General of Police (DGP) UP and Assam and Director General Border Security Force, commenced its work on March 2, 2016. Prakash Singh was assisted by IPS officer KP Singh, presently posted as DGP (Haryana) and IAS officer Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education, Archives and Cultural Affairs Department.
The Committee visited all the eight affected districts of the State, inspected the scenes of crime, heard all those aggrieved, and also listened to all those members of the public who appeared before the Committee.
The Report has examined the role of officers in the affected districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Sonepat and Panipat. Officers who were derelict in the performance of their duties or who showed soft corner for the agitators and thereby allowed them a long rope have been identified. “Government would examine the findings of the Committee regarding the role of such officers and decide on appropriate action to be taken against them”, a state government spokesperson said.
The Committee has also made some recommendation to improve the functioning of the civil and police administration.