Chandigarh: In a development in Jat reservation agitation which took place in 2016, a Haryana court on Friday sentenced four people to five years imprisonment, after the court held them guilty of participating in the riots and other offenses in Hisar. Further, the convicts will also have to pay a fine of Rs one lakh each. Also Read - Haryana Man Uses Bedsheets as Rope to Escape COVID-19 Test From Hospital, Falls and Dies
Additional District and Sessions Judge R K Jain pronounced the sentence here against Daljit, Raju, Suraj and Vinod of village Sisai (Hisar) after convicting them under various IPC Sections pertaining to indulging in violence, voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from performing his duty, assault, obstructing public servant in discharge of his public function) and arson. Besides, they were convicted under the provisions of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and Indian Forest Act 1927. Also Read - Haryana Reports First COVID-19 Death, State Bans Sale on Gutkha, Pan Masala
It must be noted the incident took place in February 2016 and claimed lives of 30 others, leaving around 200 others injured. Government and private property worth hundreds of crores was damaged. The agitation had caused widespread disruption in the state during the protests as a result of violence caused by the protestors. Also Read - Haryana: Man Catches Fire While Cleaning Household Items With Alcohol-based Sanitiser
The protesters sought the inclusion of their caste in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category, which would make them eligible for affirmative action benefits.
In February 2018, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government has decided to withdraw all cases registered in connection with the violence, which broke out during a Jat quota agitation in February 2016.