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Haryana Mayhem, Officials failed to act against Jat rioters: Panel (analysed from The Indian Express editorial, relevant for GS Mains II & III, Topic: Governance, Law & Order, Security)

The Parkash Singh Committee which investigated the handling of the Jat quota agitation in Haryana has found fault with the administrative and police leadership of the State.

Observations of panel:

1.    The committee report which was put in the public domain said that the caste bias of officers was behind the inaction against the rioters, connivance with the vandals, absence from duty/desertion and abetment of the hooligans during the stir that hit the State from February 7 to 22 this year.

2.    The committee said the highest functionaries were almost paralysed, and the kind of guidance, direction and control one expected in such a situation was just not there. It further said that the The Director General of Police (the then DGP Yash Pal Singhal) remained confined to Chandigarh and was content with issuing some orders. He did not lead from the front and did not care to inspire or motivate the personnel in the field.

3.    The additional Chief Secretary (Home) could not produce before the committee even one page of directions or instructions which he may have issued to the Deputy Commissioners or the Superintendents of Police. It said that the Home Department remained dormant and no wonder the officers in the field felt leaderless.
 
4.    The committee saw the video footage of riots at different places sent by members of the public. There are horrifying scenes of wanton destruction. You can see people coming in scores on trolleys and moving through market areas unchallenged. Prohibitory orders were in force but there are no policemen to intercept the marauding crowds.

5.    Haryana politicians, including Raj Kumar Saini, Roshan Lal Arya, Sandeep Kalkal, added fuel to fire.



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