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Haryana reinstates 3 HCS officers suspended for dereliction of duty

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Haryana government has re-instated three Haryana Civil Service (HCS) officers, were suspended for dereliction of duty during the violent Jat agitation, 2017.

Those who have been re-instated by the state government are Pankaj Kumar posted then as Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Jhajjar, Jagdeep Singh the then SDM, Hansi and another SDM Dharmendra Singh.

All were suspended after the Prakash Singh Inquiry Committee, which had probed laxity on behalf of the officials in handling the Jat reservation agitation in February, 2016, submitted its report.

The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana had placed three SDMs and ten Deputy Superintendent of Ppolice (DSPs) under suspension in March 2016 after the said committee reported laxity on behalf these officials.

Apart from the above mentioned HCS officers, the state government has also placed under suspension, ten DSPs, including Sukhbir Singh, Surender Singh, Vijender Singh, Pawan Kumar, Jagat Singh, Sandeep Malik, Rajbir Singh, Vinod Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Satish Kumar.

A total of 31 people were killed and hundreds were injured during the violent agitation in the state. Besides, property worth hundreds of Crores of Rupees was also damaged and destroyed.

The Prakash Singh Committee, which was appointed on February 25, had enquired into the alleged acts of omission and commission on part of officials of both police and civil administration during the agitation from February 7 to 22.

The enquiry panel had inquired into the role of officers starting from the rank of Sub-Inspector to SP in police and Naib Tehsildar or duty Magistrate to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in civil administration in the riot-affected districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Sonepat and Panipat.

The panel report, which is in two volumes, had expressed shock over the gross lapses on part of the policemen who deserted their posts and ran away from scene of crime during the Jat stir. The Committee had heard 2,217 persons from different walks of life while 143 video footages were received and 395 statements were recorded on the spot.