30 killed in Indian caste violence, rape rumours being probed

A total of 30 people have been killed during protests over caste quotas in jobs and education and investigations into rumours that women were raped during the violence, police said Friday.

A further 200 were injured in the nine days of violent agitation by the Jats, a farming community in northern India, Haryana state police chief YP Singhal said.

Singhal also said a three-member team including a medical officer had been set up to investigate reports that some women travelling in cars on the highway in Murthal area had been raped by protesters.

"We request anyone who has any information or evidence to please contact the team members," Singhal said at the press briefing in the Haryana capital Chandigarh. He said no one had complained to the police yet.

"Normalcy is fast returning to the state. All railway tracks and highways are functional and withdrawal of the army would begin today and continue in phases," Singhal said.

At least 133 people had been arrested on charges of vandalism, arson and other violent acts.

Several government offices, educational institutions, shops, business establishments, private homes and vehicles were attacked during the protests that were called off on Tuesday after the Haryana government said it would work towards introducing the quotas.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India (Assocham) estimated losses due to the violent agitation at around 180 billion to 200 billion rupees (about 2.6 billion-2.9 billion dollars).

Last update: Fri, 26/02/2016 - 15:22

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