Jat agitation: There was no rape in Murthal, say cops

Chandigarh: Haryana Police yesterday filed its status report on the alleged rapes at Murthal in Sonipat district during the Jat agitation, saying no such incident took place.

The status report was filed before a division bench of justices S K Mittal and H S Sidhu. The status report filed by police "denied the charges of molestation and gang rape during the intervening night of February 22 and 23 at Murthal in Sonipat district." The division bench adjourned the case to March 14.

The High Court had taken suo motu note of the matter after a report in a local daily on the alleged rapes. During the course of the hearing, ADGP Law and Order Mohd Akil and Head of the three-member women police officers probing the allegations DIG Rajshree Singh were also present.

Days after allegations of rape and molestation by Jat quota agitators near Haryana’s Murthal, a woman yesterday came forward and registered a case of gangrape against seven persons, including her brother-in-law, in connection with the incident.

The officer, who heads a three-member team of women police officers constituted by the Haryana government to go into alleged incidents of rape and molestation of several women by Jat protesters, however, said a "family dispute" could be the reason behind the woman filing the complaint.             

Can't order army to shoot: SC

New Delhi: Dismissing a plea seeking giving free hand to Army to control the "unruly mob" during the Jat agitation in Haryana, the Supreme Court yesterday said it can't order the military to shoot at the crowd.

A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said,  "....As and when the situation arises, things will be taken care of. Army is capable enough to deal with any situation."

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