At least 90 officials, including IAS and IPS officers, in the Haryana administration have been censured in a report by the Prakash Singh Committee on lapses in administration during the Jat reservation protests in February. Of the 90, more than six senior officers at six districts affected by the riots have been found to be "negligent."
The 450-page report was submitted to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday. It was compiled in 71 days after watching 143 videos. The committee will also submit 10 hours of video statements to the state home ministry, the Indian Express reported.
"The state government shall examine all aspects of the report and take appropriate action at the earliest," Khattar was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
Senior officers of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat and Hisar districts have reportedly been reproached in the report, while Jind's Deputy Commissioner of Police Vinay Singh, Ganaur (Sonipat) Sub-Divisional Magistrate Sangeeta Teterwal, and Narwana (Jind) Assistant Superintendent of Police Waseem Akram were commended for their work, the Times of India quoted sources as saying.
The more-than-10-day-long protests in various districts of Haryana by the Jat community, in demand of reservation in jobs and educational institutions, led to vandalism, violence and loss of property worth crores of rupees. At least 30 people died while 300 were injured in the protests.
In a recent development, former Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Rohtak, Shrikant Jadhav, who had been suspended for reportedly hiding in his house after a protestor died in Border Security Force firing, was reinstated as IGP, State Crime Record Bureau, at Madhuban in the Karnal district, the TOI reported.