Tuesday, March 8, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Haryana hauled up for not identifying Jat stir leaders



Haryana hauled up for not identifying Jat stir leaders
2011-03-07 23:00:00

New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday pulled up the
Haryana government for its failure to identify leaders of the Jat
agitation, during which rail and road traffic was blocked for 11 days
in January, to protest arrest of community members allegedly involved
in Mirchpur village attack on Dalits last year.

The apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice Asok Kumar
Ganguly expressed their displeasure after the Haryana government told
the court that the Jat agitation was spontaneous and thus, it was
difficult to pinpoint their leader.

'You people are saying that you cannot identify the leaders of the
agitation. As democracy is run by some leaders, similarly mobocracy is
also run by some leaders. How it is possible that they cannot be
identified?' the bench said, in the course of the hearing of a
petition seeking to bring to book all those involved in April 21, 2010
attack in Haryana's Hisar district.

A 70-year-old man and his 18-year-old physically-challenged daughter
were killed in the arson attack in Mirchpur village, about 300 km from

The Jat agitators were protesting against the arrest of their 98
people allegedly involved in attack. The blockade was ordered by the
mahapanchayat of 12 khaps (caste councils).

At the very outset of the hearing, Justice Singhvi, referring to the
news reports on the blockade of rail traffic in Uttar Pradesh's
Moradabad district, asked: 'What preventive steps are being taken? Do
you take any preventive step to avoid such situation and destruction
of public property?'

'The government will have to apply its mind that such things never
happen again,' the court said, also wanting to know what steps have
been taken by Northern Railway and the Haryana government to recover
the losses it suffered on account of 11-day-long agitation. It gave
them both two weeks time to file affidavits stating the steps taken by
them to recover the losses and action taken by it against the
agitation's leaders.

The court said that there were elaborate guidelines issued by the apex
court on the steps to be taken by the state to recover the loss to the
public property in the course of an agitation, and there was no point
in restating them.

The matter will come up for hearing on March 28.

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