Chandigarh: Former Uttar Pradesh director general of police (DGP) Prakash Singh, who headed the committee formed to probe the large-scale violence during the Jat agitation in Haryana, on Friday completely rejected Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's claims that he had claimed an re-appointment.
Expressing shock, Singh categorically stated, he didn't asked for any appointment to prepare a report focussing on police modernisation. The former top cop wondered, as to why Khattar was making such statement.
According to reports, Haryana CM had said that Singh was looking for re-employment by volunteering to give report on police reforms in the state.
Unhappy with CM's statement, Singh said even if he is invited, he would never go to Haryana to prepare a report on police reforms.
According to The Indian Express, besides forming a report on the Jat agitation for reservation, Singh was also supposed to prepare a second report on police modernisation and reforms. He conducted a meeting with police officials on the same, however, he was soon told by the Haryana Home Department that the report was not required.
The Prakash Singh Committee report on the Jat agitation, had blasted the civil and police administration, particularly senior officers, for abandoning their authority which it said led to the agitation paralysing the state for days.
The report did not mince words to point out to particular officers and even name some of them.
"Thirty lives were lost and, on a conservative estimate, property worth Rs. 20,000 crore was devastated. It is estimated that 1,196 shops were set ablaze, 371 vehicles were damaged or set on fire, 30 schools/colleges were burnt, 75 houses were set on fire, 53 hotels/marriage palaces were devastated, 23 petrol pumps were attacked and 15 religious institutions vandalised," the committee, which went around the affected districts, pointed out.