A Haryana court on Friday sentenced four persons to five years imprisonment each after finding them guilty of indulging in rioting and other offences in Hisar district during the Jat reservation agitation in 2016.
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.
The convicts were also ordered to pay a fine of Rs one lakh each.
According to prosecution, the police were informed that about 200-300 rioters armed with sticks and dangerous weapons were going from village Sisai to village Sainipura. They cut trees and put them on roads to block traffic.
They ransacked the houses in Sainipura. Police used tear gas shells to disperse them, but the rioters continued to indulge in violence and set several houses on fire, the prosecution had alleged.
According to the prosecution, the four convicts were part of the mob while others could not be identified by the police.
A case was registered on February 21, 2016 on a complaint of Inspector Vidyanand against 200-300 unidentified persons in City Police Station Hansi.
Thirty people were killed and scores injured when violence broke out in several parts of Haryana in February 2016 during the agitation by Jat organisations demanding quota for the community.