Three Haryana Civil Service officers and 10 DSP rank officers were today suspended, a week after government-appointed Committee report found “deliberate negligence” on the part of 90 officials, including IAS and IPS officers, during the Jat quota agitation in February.
The three civil service officers who have been suspended are Sub Divisional Magistrate (Jhajjar) Pankaj Setia, SDM (Hansi) Jagdeep Singh and SDM (Gohana) Dharmendra Singh (currently posted as SDM Ferozepur Jhirka), official sources said today.
During the period of suspension, their headquarters would be in the office of Chief Secretary in Services-I Branch at Chandigarh. They would not leave the headquarters without obtaining prior permission of the Chief Secretary, they said.
The suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSPs) are Sukhbir Singh, DSP, State Crime Bureau (SCB), earlier posted as DSP, Rohtak at Kalanaur; Surender Singh, DSP, SCB, earlier posted as DSP, Meham; Vijender Singh, DSP, Headquarters Rohtak and Pawan Kumar, DSP, Rohtak.
Other suspended police officers are Jagat Singh, DSP, Beri, Sandeep Malik, DSP, CID, earlier posted as DSP Hansi, Rajbir Singh, DSP Loharu and Vinod Kumar, ACP, Faridabad, earlier posted as DSP, Gohana.
Sunil Kumar, DSP, Sonipat and Satish Kumar, DSP Kharkhoda, earlier posted as DSP, Ganaur have also been suspended, the spokesman said.
On May 17, Haryana government had shunted out its Additional Chief Secretary (Home), P K Das, barely days after the former Prakash Singh Committee submitted its report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Das was replaced by senior IAS officer Ram Niwas.
Around 90 officers were indicted for “deliberate negligence” during the Jat quota agitation by Prakash Singh Committee and adverse comments were made against them in its report submitted to Chief Minister on May 13.
The Committee was appointed on February 25 to inquire into the alleged acts of omission and commission by officials during the agitation from February 7 to 22.
The committee had inquired into the role of officers starting from the rank of Sub-Inspector to SP and Naib Tehsildar or duty Magistrate to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in the violence-affected districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Sonepat and Panipat.
30 people were killed in violence and there was extensive damage to properties during the stir.