Brig Arun Bajpai (Retd)
Haryana CM khattar might be a honest man but there is no doubt that he has totally failed to handle the jat reservation hooliganism.
One of the reasons for this is that he is depending too much on the advice of his DGP Yashpal Singhal and Home Secretary PK Dass– both of whom are incompetent. The result has been that there has been no government in nine major towns of Haryana for the last about two weeks.
The Khattar administration finally called the army but they were not handed over the situation as required in the constitution. As a result they could do nothing but wait and watch as spectators while Haryana burnt.
This has sent wrong message to people, media and jat hooligans have emerged as great warriors who made the army powerless. For the first time in the history of independent India hooligans took over Rohtak town and blocked all roads entering the town. So much that army columns had to be air dropped in Rohtak. Why did the army accept this solution?
The Army had the capability to crash through these road blocks. They could have used tanks, APCs and bull dozers. If there were civilian casualties in the process, so be it. The Indian constitution gives right to protest but it does not give right to hooliganism.
Tanks charging towards roadblocks is a very scary sight. The Indian constitution allow the civilian government to declare martial law if things get out of control and let the army deal with the situation deemed fit.
The political masters should realize that flag marches have no relevance today in a world where people have lost all respect and fear of the police. They only fear the army but our leaders are bent upon diluting that also.
If the army also fails, then what will the politicians bring to control the situation?
Recently justice Mathur, Chairman of Seventh pay commission recommended that the central police forces are as good if not better then the army and hence their perks were being increased accordingly.
He must now answer why did the CPOs and Para Military Forces fail to control the jat situation in Haryana and why the army had to be was called in?
Internal security and restoration of law and order is not the responsibility of the army. It is necessary that a special committee of parliament must be constituted to go into the details of this Jat hooliganism and people concerned punished. The Jats must be made to pay 20000 Crores destroyed by this hooliganism.