Despite reports of mass gang rapes of women in Haryana's Murthal during the Jat reservation protest, the police and the army have denied such attacks. Senior army officers told the Times of India that there were only "some incidents of chain snatching", but no incidents of misbehavior with women. However, some media reports indicate that as many as 10 women were sexually assaulted in the morning hours of February 22 near Murthal in Sonipat district and the victims and their families were reportedly advised by the district officials not to report the matter to anyone for the sake of their honour. The manager of Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba, and the dhaba's owner Amrik Singh had recorded statements before an Inspector General rank officer of state police on Wednesday claiming that no incident of rape was reported in the area.
According to one news report, a man claimed that his sister, wife and daughter were gang-raped near Murthal.
However, Amrik Singh claims elderly men from Kurad and Hassanpur village fended off the mob and prevented damage to the restaurant. The same mob has reportedly raped women.
Haryana DGP Yash Pal Singhal said DIG Rajshree Singh would head the Murthal probe committee, which includes DSPs Bharti Dabas and Surinder Kaur.
He said Sonipat SP Abhishek Garg on Friday collected some pieces of women's clothing from areas near NH 1 in Murthal. "We are making all efforts to get the details about the alleged incident but nobody has come forward so far," the DGP said. He refuted charges that police personnel might be trying to hush up the episode.
The women police officers team led by DIG Dr Rajshree Singh and two women DSPs, Bharti Dabas and Surinder Kaur, visited the site to gather first hand information about the alleged incident, over 50 km from Delhi. Asked about recovery of some clothes belonging to women at Murthal on the Delhi Ambala National Highway, Rajshree told reporters, "These had been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory for examination". "Let us see, what comes out," she told reporters in Murthal.
"We appeal to all citizens who have any clue to forward. They should meet us and tell us whatever they have seen, they should share with us all details and we will try to bring out the truth. We are visiting the scene of crime and meeting people," she said.