Haryana orders judicial probe into Rewari violence

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 22:52

New Delhi: Haryana government on Wednesday ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence in Rewari over land acquisition and decided to constitute two separate committees to deliberate on land acquisition in the area, which has been stayed till further orders.

The judicial probe will be headed by a retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here this evening after two rounds of talks with farmers` representatives of the area.
The state government also decided to stay the further land acquisition proceedings till the two committees submit their reports.

While state Industries Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala will head the government Committee, which will also have Health Minister Rao Narender Singh and other officials as its members, the farmers will decide their 11 committee members.

The farmers` committee will also deliberate with the state government committee and the report would be submitted to the Chief Minister.
Hooda, Surjewala and Haryana government officials participated in the meeting with the farmer?s representatives.

Villagers opposing land acquisition had on Sunday clashed with police, torched several vehicles and blocked Delhi-Jaipur national highway as cops opened fire on a mob at village Asalwas in Rewari.

Over 60 people, including 40 police personnel, were injured as protesters, who were opposing acquisition of 3,300 acres of land in 16 villages for setting of an industrial estate by HSIIDC, turned violent during a mahapanchayat, 90 km from Delhi.

Sources said a chunk of the land being acquired falls along the national highway and belongs to the Gujjar community whose members are resisting the state government`s move.

The villagers are demanding the process to acquire their land be stalled till the enactment of a central law on land acquisition.

The police have already registered a case of rioting and booked over 700 villagers a day after the violent clashes in Rewari.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 22:52

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