FIR registered against Hooda aide, situation improving
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s close aide Virender was on Wednesday charged with sedition by Haryana police for allegedly inciting violence during the Jat quota stir that killed 28 people in Haryana which was limping back to normalcy.
The toll in the violence that put Haryana on the edge and left a trail of destruction was put at 28 by State DGP Yashpal Singhal. Over 200 persons including few security personnel were also injured during the nine-day-old agitation.
Singhal said the sedition charges were in connection with an audio clip of Virender’s conversation in which he allegedly incited violence.
An FIR has been registered in Rohtak against Virender and Man Singh Dalal, who also allegedly figured in the taped conversation, under various sections of the IPC, including section 124-A (sedition) and section 120-B (conspiracy), Singhal told the media here.
They have also been charged with IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between classes) and section 153-B (imputation, assertion prejudicial to national integration), he said. The FIR against the duo has been registered on a complaint of a Bhiwani resident Pankaj Kumar, he said.
Virender had earlier accepted that the voice in the clip was his but alleged that it had been ‘doctored’.
He has maintained that nowhere had he talked about instigating Jats or anyone. “Moreover, the conversation is an old one, much before the current unrest started,” he had said. “28 people have been killed during the stir. We have arrested 127 persons and registered FIR against 535 others. Over 200 persons including few security personnel were also injured during the agitation,” Singhal said.
Curfew was lifted in Hisar district and relaxed in violence-hit Rohtak and Bhiwani districts while rail and road traffic were gradually resumed on routes which had remained blocked during the agitation.
Life was also returning to normal in violence-hit Sonipat, where three persons had died in a clash with security forces two days back.