The Prakash Singh Committee, set up by the Haryana government to investigate lapses by civil administration and the police during the Jat quota protests, indicted 90 officials in its report on Friday. The report identified around 90 officials guilty of “deliberate negligence”, and said that “mayhem” was allowed in parts of Haryana during the riots, PTI reported. The panel, headed by former Indian Police Service officer Prakash Singh, submitted its report to the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Singh said a third of the 90 officers were in Rohtak, which witnessed the worst violence during the protests. “In some areas, it seems, they allowed (mayhem) for hours. I heard from victims who said officials did nothing. They virtually allowed loot and damage by arsonists. We have identified those officials," he said. Singh added that the report recommended action be taken against the officials. The chief minister said action will be taken as soon as possible, once the report is examined.
Members of the Jat community had protested for many days in February, demanding reservation for their group. The state incurred an estimated Rs 20,000 crore losses during the stir.