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Regions neglected by Hooda regime lead in ‘mobocracy’

Be it a missing buffalo or electricity and water scarcity woes,land acquisition matter,or murder and rape,agitations and road-blockades resulting in riots has now become a routine affair in Haryana.

Be it a missing buffalo or electricity and water scarcity woes,land acquisition matter,or murder and rape,agitations and road-blockades resulting in riots has now become a routine affair in Haryana. More and more incidents of residents indulging in “mobocracy” are being reported from NCR and such other regions,which Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s detractors allege,have been biased against by the ruling dispensation.

While Hooda keeps claiming that his government has ensured a balanced development in all districts of the State,but if riots are a parameter to measure the satisfaction level of people,then figures complied Haryana Police bely the Chief Minister’s claims.

A study conducted by the State Crime Records Bureau on riots in Haryana has revealed that on an average,four to five riot cases are registered every day for various reasons. In the last one-and-a-half year (from January 1,2012 to June 1,2013),more than 1,900 riots cases were registered across the state. In all the riot incidents,criminal cases were registered against the protesters on charges of unlawful assembly and breach of peace with intention to cause damage to public property,but hardly any of these cases saw a logical conclusion.

The year 2012 witnessed 1,424 riots across Haryana,out of which maximum were witnessed in Palwal (197),followed by Faridabad (188),Mewat (150),Gurgaon and Bhiwani (122 each),Mahendergarh (114) and Jind (107). However,the developed districts of Haryana did not witness many riots. Maximum number of riots were witnessed in Panipat (68),followed by Hisar (65),Rohtak (61),Jhajjar (50),Karnal (46),Sirsa (45) and Fatehabad (28). Interestingly,the districts of Yamunanagar,Kaithal,Kurukshetra and Ambala (rural) did not witness even a single agitation in 2012,while Ambala (urban) witnessed one agitation,Panchkula (2) and Sonepat witnessed four instances of agitation during the entire last year.

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Similarly,till June 1 this year,the districts of Ambala (urban),Ambala (rural),Panchkula,Yamunanagar,Kaithal,Kurukshetra and Sonepat have not witnessed even a single agitation. However,the same districts,which witnessed high number of riots last year,have witnessed the similar trend this year as well. Till June 1,Faridabad had witnessed 68 riots,followed by Mewat (67),Jind (63),Gurgaon (60),Bhiwani (56),Palwal (48) and so on.

The riots,according to study,are not only causing loss worth crores to the state exchequer but loss of life too have been reported. The recent massive agitation in Karontha village in Rohtak district witnessed death of three innocent persons during the police-protesters clash. Similarly,the Jat riots in Haryana had been witness to death of at least one person every year for the last three years. Several persons have sustained injuries in such riots.

While giving details on the study,LR Dabas,Director,SCRB said,“The people of Haryana have started indulging in mobocracy these days. About four months ago,a villager’s buffalo went missing in a village in Bhiwani and the residents protested against the state police. While protesting,they blocked the state highway and demanded that the buffalo be brought back or else they will not open the road. It gave nightmares to the district police and administration who had to pull a lot of strings to get the agitated mob pacified. Be it anything,the people of Haryana are becoming more and more impatient and the only way out they think is to block the roads and disrupt law and order”.