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Police blame "miscreants", Jats "irresponsible officers" for

Press Trust of India  |  Fatehabad (Har) 

A day after the clash between jat protestors and police here, the police today warned of stern action against "miscreants" while agitating leaders of the community blamed "irresponsible officers" and sought action against them.

Claiming that anti-social elements carrying arms had mixed with Jat agitators, DGP K P Singh said that action will be taken against the "miscreants" responsible for the clash in which around 35 persons including an SP and a DSP were injured.

Singh alleged that the miscreants had also indulged in "some mischief" with women cops on duty. A case had been registered against some persons by name while several others were unidentified, the DGP said.

The police, he said, had video footage of the incident and had already identified some persons behind the attack.

He claimed that the state police had inputs that anti-social elements, armed with weapons from some villages of the adjacent district of Hisar, would reach the 'dharna' at Dhani Gopal Chowk and would try to disturb the situation.

It was on the basis of this input, the police tried to stop them by putting barricades and asked them to visit the 'dharna' site without weapons and stones, he said.

But they did not listen and attacked the police, DGP Singh claimed.

However the All-India Jat Aarkashan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS) which is leading the protests accused "some irresponsible police officers" of using force against "peaceful protesters" and demanded action against the "erring cops".

"Some irresponsible officers used force against peaceful protesters in a wrong manner which should be probed by a committee of the government," AIJASS president Yashpal Malik demanded.

He said the community members were proceeding peacefully towards Delhi, when "some police personnel and officers, under a well-planned strategy attacked the protesters."

Malik said the community members will lodge a complaint with the police against their officers who used force to stop the Jats from moving towards Delhi.

Besides, an application will also be submitted to the National Human Rights Commission on the issue, he said.

He said the symbolic sit-ins by the Jats at various places in would continue. Meanwhile, the Jats' protests at different places in the state continued for the 51st day today.

Besides quotas, the Jats have been demanding release of

people jailed during last year's agitation, withdrawal of cases slapped during the protests and government jobs for the kin of those killed and injured while taking part in the stir.

Eighteen police personnel, including an SP and a DSP, were among 35 injured yesterday when the Jat protesters clashed with police on being prevented from marching towards Delhi. Two women cops were among those injured.

The protesters also allegedly set afire two police buses during the clash that took place in Dhani Gopal village on Sirsa-Hisar-Delhi national highway.

First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 21:57 IST