In an astonishing revelation, it has emerged that hundreds of Jat policemen had deserted their posts and rebelled against the system allowing protesters from their community during the February agitation to burn Haryana.
The 26 February agitation had seen police stations burnt, houses and shops torched and at least two dozens of civilians’ deaths as a result of army firing.
A report in Indian Express said that as many as 60-70 policemen belonging to Jat community in each district simply left their posts and ignored orders thereby allowing the state to burn for several days.
According to the paper, the ongoing fact-finding team led by Prakash Singh, a retired IPS officer and Padma Shri recipient, and comprising Additional Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan and K P Singh (who became DGP, Haryana, last week), has prepared a list of such deserters, with their names, ranks, belt numbers, places of postings and the days for which they remained absent from their posts.
A number of DSP rank police officers reportedly told the panel that the constabulary had refused to obey their orders and openly showed solidarity with their community members.
Victims of the arson whose properties were destroyed and who abused the state administration during their testimonies also accused policemen and officials belonging to the Jat community of remaining mute spectators while protesters attacked their shops, cars and homes.
The panel is likely to recommend strictest of actions against the guilty policemen even asking for their dismissal from jobs.