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Report sought on Mirchpur stir losses

J. Venkatesan

Haryana Govt. told to file affidavit by Feb. 28


Next hearing in the matter posted for March 7

Railways suffered losses in crores


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Haryana Government and the Railways to explain the steps taken by them to recover the losses caused to the exchequer and public property during the 11-day agitation when members of a community blocked rail and road traffic in protest against the arrest of some of their members allegedly involved in Mirchpur village attack on Dalits.

A Bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice A.K. Ganguly in a brief order asked the State to file an affidavit by February 28 and posted the matter for further hearing on March 7.

In their affidavit, the Railways said that the total loss sustained during the agitation amounted to Rs. 33,95,14,038. The State of Haryana estimated the loss of earnings to the transport department at Rs. 45,92,031 and the amount spent on clearing the road by cutting 3,130 tress, Rs. 90,000.

The Bench was hearing a petition pertaining to Mirchpur violence against Dalits in which the Court had sought a report in two weeks from the Railways and the State Chief Secretary on the quantum of loss sustained due to the agitation.

Explaining the loss, the Railways said the agitation started on January 15 and continued up to January 26 and traffic over the southern Punjab railway section (Shakurbasti to Bhatinda) was blocked. All freight trains were diverted to single line.

The agitation also spread to Hissar region of North Western Railway which led to blockade of Barwala power house and the estimated loss of earning was about Rs. 32 crore.

The loss in passenger earnings both reserved and unreserved in Ambala, Delhi and Firozpur divisions was Rs. 1,82,75,806; haulage loss Rs. 5,14,959; and damage to property Rs. 7.23 lakh.

The State said that to effectively prevent obstruction of free flow of traffic a meeting of all concerned heads of department was convened and necessary instructions had been issued by the Director-General of Police.

Police force

It said adequate police force would be promptly mobilised and deputed at the affected places and, if required, additional force be requisitioned from within and outside the Range. Peace committees of elders from all communities of the area would be formed immediately.

To avoid any inconvenience to the public, traffic would be diverted by deputing adequate traffic police personnel and proper information sign-boards.

The State assured the Court that prompt and strict legal action would be initiated against the offenders and criminal cases would be registered and taken to the logical end.

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