Two months after an FIR was registered against the suspects, some by name, for alleged breach of Munak Canal in Sonipat district resulting in severe water crises in the national capital for around two weeks, the police have not made any arrest in the case.
The 102-km long Munak canal is a major source of water from river Yamuna to Delhi which quenches thirst of around 60 per cent Delhi population by carrying around 700 cusecs of water from Haryana daily. Protesters during the Jat reservation agitation had on February 19 damaged equipment used in Munak canal breaking supply of water from Haryana to Delhi and for the first time Delhi’s seven water treatment plants were to be closed down resulting in water crises. Later on February 21 the protesters first broke the lining of the canal and later even used earth movers to damage around 200 feet portion of the canal near to Bindroli village.
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Kundli police station SHO Inspector Vijender Singh confirmed, “No person has been arrested till date in the case. We are waiting for further instructions.” Abhishek Garg, Sonipat Superintendent of Police, told the The Indian Express, “The case is under investigation. Evidence is being examined.” Garg was Thursday transferred out of Sonipat to take over as Superintendent of Police (CID).
The case was registered on February 22 at Kundli police station against nine nearby villagers by name and around 3,000 others on the basis a complaint moved by Sonipat Sub Divisional Magistrate Nishant Yadav. The accused were booked for attempt to murder, rioting armed with deadly weapons, voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty, obstruction to public drainage, wrongful restraint and other sections of the Arms Act.
Those whose names have been mentioned in the FIR are Dharambir, Sanjeev, Varinder, Harinder, Sumit, Abhijeet, Somi, Ravi and Rakesh belonging to the nearby villages namely Bindroli, Garhi Bala and Malha Majra, and others.
When Munak canal was breached, over 1,000 Army and para-military personnel had to be deployed for securing and repairing the canal and even Delhi government had approached the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Central government to intervene for restoration of its water supply by repairing the damaged canal. It took a period of around two weeks to repair the carrier-lined channel for restoring water supply to Delhi on March 9. Even Delhi Jal Board made a payment of Rs. 1 crore to the Haryana government in order to take up the work on war-footing for restoration of the damaged Canal.