Murthal 'rapes': Haryana panel begins probe

Chandigarh: An all-women inquiry committee set up by the Haryana government to probe the alleged mass gang rapes of women began its probe on Saturday, with a couple of witnesses claiming to have seen hooligans assaulting some women.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar performs a hawan along with the students of a school that was torched during the Jat agitation, in Rohtak on Saturday. Pic/PTI
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar performs a hawan along with the students of a school that was torched during the Jat agitation, in Rohtak on Saturday. Pic/PTI

The women were commuting on National Highway 1 during the violent Jat agitation earlier this week when they were allegedly sexually assaulted. Niranjan Singh, an elderly Sikh man, told media on Saturday that he saw hooligans assaulting women commuters and tearing off their clothes. “I have seen this happening with my own eyes. The hooligans attacked the women and girls and tore off their clothes. Some were chased into the fields, some were dragged,” the witness said.

The alleged incidents took place early on February 22. Reports said the women were pulled out of their cars, stripped and gang raped in nearby fields. Another witness, Yadwinder, claimed he saw three women with children and some men who were trying to save themselves from the Jat protesters. “We clearly saw three women with torn clothes trying to escape from the area,” Yadwinder, who was travelling in a bus, said.

The state government’s inquiry committee, which is headed by a woman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajshree Singh, also has two women Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs), Bharti Dabas and Surinder Kaur, on Saturday started the probe into the reported incidents.

Traders strike against vandalism
Kurukshetra: Shopkeepers and traders on Saturday observed a complete shutdown on Saturday in Kurukshetra and nearby Ladwa town against the vandalism by agitators during the Jat quota stir in the state.

Business establishments, including eateries and grain markets, remained closed in the district. People staged a sit-in at Maharaja Agarsain Chowk, blocking traffic from GT Road to Thanesar town for several hours.

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