Chandigarh: Two years after the violent Jat reservation agitation, that shook Haryana in 2016, the state police have uploaded 78 CCTV camera grabs of rioting on its website and have announced a reward of ₹10,000 to clues leading to the arrest of the guilty.
DGP BS Sandhu declined comment on the issue, saying that information should be sought from the SIT chief and Faridabad Police Commissioner, Amitabh Dhillon. However, Dhillon too refused to take anything.
Sources said that the photographs have been released only to show to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, on whose orders the SIT has been constituted, that the police are trying to nab the accused.
All the pictures released by the police of Rohtak, which show rioters breaking the window glasses of parked cars using sticks, setting vehicles on fire and damaging and looting shops.
2,100-plus cases were registered
In April 2016, the police had registered more than 2100 cases across the state in connection with the violence. However, not a single person was arrested.
Instead, the state government held several rounds of talks with the Jat Reservation Agitation Committee and even offered to withdraw the cases. The government has already recommended the withdrawal of 407 cases.
All the pix are fabricated: Jat body
The national president of the Jat Reservation Struggle Committee, Yashpal Malik, says that the pictures published by the police on its website were fake and fabricated. “All this is being done just to persecute the Jats”, he claimed. He said that the government has not fulfilled the promises it had made to the Jat community. He announced that the committee will be holding a meeting on June 2 to decide on the future course of action.