Former Uttar Pradesh DGP Prakash Singh has said that he was pressurised while investigating acts of omission and commission by bureaucrats and police officers. In an interview to a media house
, he said that he did not concede to the pressures and indicted 80 officers for aiding and abetting the rioters directly or indirectly.
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The Prakash Singh Committee, headed by Prakash Singh, former Director General of Police (DGP) for UP and Assam, examined the role of officers in the affected districts like Rohtak, Jhajjar, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal, Bhiwani, Sonepat and Panipat.
The three member Committee has submitted its 451-page report, has submitted its report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
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Describing one particular case, he said, “There were two deputy SPs who were part of the entire carnage. The violence was taking place with their connivance.”
Talking about pressures, he said:
“I listened to everyone, but the matter ended there. I have resisted all pressures,” he said.
Till now, 59 police and 21 civil officers have been indicted, based on Singh’s probe report.
“Five IAS officers and five IPS officers have been indicted. Some have minor infractions and can get away with a warning. But there are adverse comments about five officers each of both services,” he said.
According to Singh, politicization of the police has severely dented its capacity to handle any situation that has a political colour, orientation or angle.
“Haryana police has been devastated over the years. I am told constables were appointed just like that. You were simply given an order to join as constable. There were no parameters for recruitment, not only as constable but also in the provincial civil and police services. People were made DSPs just because they were nominated by Mr X. And then you owe your power and progress in the career to certain political masters.This affects the discipline of the force, forget politicization,” he has said.
The Jat reservation agitation took place from February 7 to 22 this year, which turned violent and paralysed life in 10 districts of Haryana. It resulted in blockade of roads, including national highways, and extensive damage to public and private properties in many districts during the violence. At least 30 people, mostly young men, were killed during the violence and over 320 others injured. Property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was damaged and destroyed in the mayhem.