CBI registers 3 cases of violence in Jat quota stir
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday registered three cases as regards to violence and arson during the Jat quota agitation in Rohtak in February this year, including the burning of residence of Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu.
A CBI spokesperson said the agency took over the probe in these cases at the Haryana government’s request and only after receiving further orders from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
In August, the Haryana government has recommended a CBI inquiry into the cases.
“The allegations include attacking, looting the weapons of the police guard, attempting to murder the family members and burning down the residence of the Finance Minister in the Government of Haryana,” the CBI spokesperson said.
One of the cases registered by the agency relates to alleged arson at the residence of Captain Abhimanyu on February 19, while another is about assault and looting weapons from a company, comprising personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Haryana Police, by the rioters.
During the agitation, a mob had also barged into the Rohtak house of the Haryana Minister and set it on fire. The mob came for two days until the bungalow — located in one of Rohtak’s most upscale areas — was burnt to the ground.
“The rioters had allegedly attempted to murder the troops while they were on law and order duty at Delhi bypass, Rohtak,” the spokesperson said.
“A large number of people were allegedly injured and some of them had suffered grievous injuries in these attacks. It was further alleged that property worth crores of rupees was burnt to ash and weapons of police guards were looted by the agitators, who demanded reservation for a certain community in Haryana. These cases have been transferred by the Haryana government to CBI,” she said.
Rohtak was the epicentre of the Jat protests. Members of the community intensified their agitation, demanding reservation for Jats under the OBC category. About 30 people had lost their lives in the protests and more than 300 were injured. Over 2,000 cases have been registered at various police stations in the state in connection with the Jat stir.