Amidst facing flak from the opposition for the Jat agitation in Haryana, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that there was no lapse on the part of the Center and the state government in handling the protest.
“I don’t see lapses on part of the Centre or the state,” he said in Rajya Sabha.
According to Mr. Singh, the Haryana government expected a solution to the Jat quota issue to emerge out of the talks with community leaders but the protests turned violent after an incident where BSF had to open fire on protesters claiming three lives. He added that the Centre had issued an advisory and the state government had its own intelligence inputs too.
“The government of Haryana was posted with intelligence inputs and an advisory was also issued to the state on February 19,” Singh said.
While rejecting criticism that there was “utter failure” on the part of Manohar Lal Khattar-led government, the minister said an inquiry commission headed by former DGP Prakash Singh has been set up to look into various aspects and asked the members to wait for its report.
Giving details of action taken following the violent incidents, Singh said 2012 FIRs have been registered, 370 people arrested, besides 20 cases registered by the Government Railway Police. “Action is being taken,” he said. In its statement, the Home Ministry said the Centre had deployed 69 companies of central armed police forces and 56 army columns to maintain law and order in the state. It also mentions that there was “good coordination” between the Centre and the state.