High court seeks fresh re­port from SIT

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The Pun­jab and Haryana high court on Tues­day sought a fresh sta­tus re­port from the spe­cial investigat­ion team (SIT) scru­ti­n­is­ing FIRs re­lated to a Fe­bru­ary 2016 Jat quota vi­o­lence.

The mat­ter will be taken up now on Au­gust 13.

The re­quest for the sta­tus re­port was made by se­nior ad­vo­cate Anu­pam Gupta, who is am­i­cus cu­raie in this mat­ter, dur­ing the brief hear­ing on Tues­day.

The lat­est re­port was filed by SIT on Jan­uary 15, 2019, which re­vealed that SIT could not make any ma­jor break­through in 1,105 FIRs reg­is­tered in Ro­htak. The SIT is headed by in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (IGP) Amitabh Singh Dhillon.

A to­tal of 2,105 FIRs were reg­is­tered by the Haryana Po­lice across the state af­ter Fe­bru­ary 2016 Jat quota vi­o­lence in which at least 30 per­sons had died and prop­erty worth thou­sands of crores was dam­aged. The SIT was con­sti­tuted on De­cem­ber 4, 2017 to scru­ti­nise 1,105 FIRs, in­clud­ing 921 cases in which un­traced re­ports were pre­pared but not filed, and 184 cases which were still un­der investigat­ion.

The scru­tiny was or­dered af­ter Gupta had ques­tioned the po­lice for “half-hearted” ap­proach in investigat­ion.

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