Police team in Murthal to probe ‘rapes’ during Jat stir

SONIPAT: A three-member committee of women police officers, constituted to go into complaints of alleged rape incidents at Murthal, near Sonepat, during the Jat stir, visited the place on Saturday.
The team is led by DIG Dr. Rajshree Singh and comprises DSPs Bharti Dabas and Surinder Kaur.
Clothes’ recovery
Asked about the recovery of some clothes belonging to women at Murthal on the Delhi-Ambala National Highway, Dr. Rajshree told reporters, “These had been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for examination. Let us see, what comes out.”
Asked how challenging would it be for the police to identify the culprits, she said police officers were visiting the “scene of the crime” to collect clues and talking to people in this regard.
“We will try to dig out the truth”
“It is challenging. But let us see, what happens,” she said, asserting, “It will be our endeavour that truth comes out. We appeal to all citizens who have any clue to forward. They should meet us and tell us whatever they have seen, they should share with us all details and we will try to bring out the truth. We are visiting the scene of crime and meeting people.”
On Friday, the Haryana government said it would act “swiftly” as and when it receives complaint on alleged sexual assault during Jat agitation.
The police earlier maintained that no concrete evidence was found so far that could prove sexual assault or rape of women at Murthal during the Jat stir.
Court takes suo motu cognisance
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken suo motu cognisance of a media report, which said that several women were raped at a highway in Murthal during the Jat stir.
The court had asked the Haryana DGP and Home Secretary to submit separate detailed report on this incident.
Share info, if any: Khattar
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday asked people to share information, if they have any, with the State police regarding the alleged incident.
“Those people who possess any information [regarding Murthal incident] must come forward and share it with the police. But we do not understand why the information is not being shared with the police by people [if they have],” Mr. Khattar told re-porters here when asked that some witnesses have appeared in a section of media who had information about the Murthal incident.
Khattar, whose government faced wrath for alleged failure in containing arson and violence during the Jat agitation, said the committee of the 3 women police officers had been formed for receiving information about alleged rape or sexual assault with women.
DGP’s take
Haryana DGP Y P Singal had on Friday, however, said police had not received any complaint regarding sexual assault yet but would act swiftly as and when any case was reported.