Haryana transfers 10 police officers after Jat stir

Chandigarh, March 1 (IANS) The Haryana government on Tuesday ordered the transfer of 10 senior police officers, including an IG and three district police chiefs, just days after the violent Jat agitation for reservation which left 30 people dead and over 200 injured.

Those transferred included nine Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and one Haryana Police Service (HPS) officer.

Director General, Crime, K.P. Singh has been posted as director general with the Prakash Singh committee, which has been set up to look into lapses by officials during the Jat agitation, in addition to his own duties.

Inspector General (IG) Paramjit Singh Ahlawat has been posted as IG, Telecommunication.

Among the district police chiefs, Sangeeta Rani is the new superintendent of police in Rewari, Jashandeep Singh Randhawa at Jhajjar and Sumit Kumar the new SP at Kaithal.

Kulwinder Singh, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), west, Gurgaon has been posted as commandant, 4th India Reserve Battalion (IRB), Manesar, Gurgaon. Balwan Singh has been posted in his place with additional charge of DCP, headquarters Gurgaon.

Arun Nehra has been posted as DCP, Ambala (Urban) while Sumer Partap Singh will be the new SP in Yamunanagar and Krishan Murari has been posted as SP, Commando.

The Haryana government had, last week, ordered the suspension of an inspector general of police (IGP) and two deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) following the Jat agitation.

Those suspended include IGP Shrikant Jadhav, who was the Rohtak range IG till recently, when the agitation took a violent turn.

The two DSPs suspended are Amit Dahiya and Amit Bhatia, both posted in Rohtak town.

The Haryana Police was accused of not reacting to the situation and ensuring safety of people and property as the violent protestors had a field day in arson and looting.

Rohtak, Sonipat, Panipat and Jhajjar, the districts worst-hit by violence in agitation, fall under the Rohtak range. Other affected districts included Bhiwani, Hisar and Kaithal.

Rohtak town, 70 km from Delhi, suffered the brunt of the mindless violence by the Jat protestors with scores of buildings, shops, malls, private hospitals, educational institutions and vehicles being set on fire and extensively damaged.

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