Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is under fire for alleged under-performance on the account of maintaining Law and Order in the state. Stepping up the attack on Khattar government, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said the Congress party legislators will meet to discuss burning issue and “rising crime graph” of the state on Thursday. Currently facing criticism for a number of rape incidents, Khattar government has faced at least three other major law and order situation – riots during godman Rampal’s arrest, violence during Jat agitation, riots after Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s arrest. Here’s a look back at how Haryana was shocked due to repeated law and order situations in previous years:
– Rampal arrest: 63-year-old self-proclaimed godman Rampal was arrested on November 19, 2015, after a two-week tense standoff between his supporters and police. Close to 15,000 of his followers were evacuated from the sprawling premises. Six people lost their lives during the standoff between Rampal’s followers and the police, while more than 200 people were injured in the clashes. Punjab and Haryana High Court had on November 5 cancelled the bail of Rampal in a 2006 murder case after he failed to appear in the High Court.
– Haryana Jat Reservation: The Haryana Jat Reservation Agitation was a series of protests that broke out in the state in February 2016. The protesters were demanding inclusion of their caste in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category, which would make them eligible for reservation benefits. The incident led to the death of around 30 people and left over 500 injured.
– Violence after Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s arrest: A special CBI court had on August 29, 2017 sentenced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in jail for the rape of his two followers. Following the verdict, large-scale violence took place in various districts of the state. As many as 36 people were reported dead, while over 100 were injured in the violence. Khattar, whose some Cabinet ministers were considered close to Ram Rahim, was accused by the opposition of not taking required actions for controlling the violence.
– Rape of 6-year-old girl, December 2017: The brutal gangrape and killing of a six-year-old girl took place in Haryana’s Uklana area. The incident came to light when passersby noticed the girl on a deserted street this morning, the police said. As per the police, unidentified men had allegedly abducted the girl when she was sleeping with her sister and mother in their home in a slum area. After the post-mortem report, police said that kidnappers inserted a wooden stick in her private part.
– Double rape, January 2018: In January 2018, barely a month after a six-year-old girl was brutalised, two separate incidents of rapes and brutality have shocked the state of Haryana again. In the first case, a 15-year-old school student was brutally assaulted and her private parts were mutiliated. The other case too involved the rape and murder of a 11-year-old girl.
Reacting to repeated rape incidents, opposition Congress demanded the resignation of Manohar Lal Khattar led-government for its alleged failure in controlling things. “First it was the (self-styled godman) Rampal issue in November 2014, then (Jat) reservation issue in 2016 and the Dera issue in 2017. Besides, incidents of crime have become order of the day. We demand that this government should resign on moral grounds and if it fails to do so, the governor should dismiss it,” former chief minister Bhupendra Hooda told reporters.