The Prakash Singh committee which probed administrative failures during the Jat agitation claimed the Haryana home department was a “washout” and top police officials failed to carry out their duties. The additional chief secretary (home) too failed to issue any order, the report filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on May 30 said.

The report criticised the administrative paralysis that gripped Haryana during the riots in which at least 30 lost their lives.  The report stated that the “highest functionaries” in the government failed to show “the kind of guidance, direction, and control” that is expected in an emergency of such scale.

The report pointed that the Haryana home department was a “washout”, the director general of police failed to deal with the situation and the additional chief secretary (home) could not produce even one page of directions which he should have issued to deputy commissioners and senior police officials in the district during the violent Jat agitation in February in Haryana.

The 451-page report by Singh was submitted in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on May 30, which the Haryana government has not made public as yet.  Soon after this move, the Jat leaders have threatened to renew their agitation from June 5.

The report by Singh was submitted to the Haryana government on May 13. Khattar had earlier said his government will make the report public, but later, he appeared to backtrack, saying the government will first study the report.

So far on the basis of the report, the state government has already transferred four IPS and three IAS officers including the then additional chief secretary (home) and director general of police and suspended three officers of the Haryana Civil Services and 10 deputy superintendents of police.

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