Para military forces are conducting flag march in affected areas-DGP
CHANDIGARH, Feb 20- Haryana Director General of Police Mr Y.P.Singhal today said that as a result of measures taken by the State Government to contain the ongoing agitation, situation has improved as compared to that of yesterday and 129 cases have so far been registered against those agitating.
Mr Singhal who was accompanied by the Additional Chief Secretary,Home, Mr P.K.Das,was addressing a press conference here today.
Mr Singhal appealed to the village elders to make their wards understand the situation and prevent them from coming towards urban areas. He also urged the Khaps not to hold their meetings as the youngsters too attend them. He said that those conspiring to fuel the agitation were being identified and stern action would be taken against them.
The Director General Police said that Army and para military forces were conducting flag march in affected areas and hoped that the situation would soon be brought under control with the help of people. He said that the priority was to maintain law and order. Senior officers have been deputed to affected areas even by helicopter to supervise the flag march by Army and para-military forces and assist the district administration.
Mr Das informed that curfew was imposed in cities of Rohtak, Bhiwani and Jhajjar last night and till now no untoward incident has been reported from these areas.
Mr Singhal said that according to the Director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, one person was brought dead and 78 were injured and they included five police personnel. He said that out of the total injured, 46 were discharged after first aid. As many as 31 were admitted to wards and five of them to the Intensive Care Units.
He said that although the situation is improving yet incidents of sporadic violence have been reported from some areas. A petrol pump and Police Station Sadar in Meham were damaged and set on fire. The National Highway No.1 is blocked but efforts are on to get the blockade lifted. He added that anti-social elements are not blocking roads at all places as at many places the agitators are lifting blockades after persuasion.
While referring to the help sought from Army, he said that 13 columns of Army have reached the State and are assisting the administration. Ten more columns of the Army are being airlifted to their respective destinations. In addition, ten companies of para-military forces have reached the State and 23 more companies are on their way to Haryana. These were either being air lifted or reaching by road. Mr Singhal said that today the Union Home Secretary has agreed to deploy ten more companies for the State.
In reply to a question, he denied any intelligence failure on the issue of agitation and added that the situation was dynamic as those agitating were changing their plan for this wide-spread agitation. Therefore, the Government too has to change its strategy to contain the agitation.
He described the ongoing agitation as leaderless. When asked if some agitators had come from out side the State, he said that that aspect could not be denied.
In reply to a question, Mr Singhal said that an arms shop was looted and according to reports ammunition was looted but its quantity cannot be estimated.