23/02/2016 9:15 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Former Haryana CM Asked To Leave Violence-Hit Rohtak

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PANCHKULA, INDIA - FEBRUARY 21: Jat community protests on the roads demanding reservations in government services as they block Chandigarh, Delhi/Shimla Highway at Old Panchkula Chowk, on February 21, 2016 in Panchkula, India. Jat protests demanding reservation under OBC category have taken on a caste colour with violence erupting across Haryana. Reports from Rohtak indicate that Jat protestors looted and vandalised properties owned by people from other castes. Jat leaders rejected the offer made by the state government and said that the stir would continue till their demand is met. (Photo by Sant Arora/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

ROHTAK -- Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was tonight asked to leave Rohtak, the town worst hit by Jat violence, by the district administration which cited maintenance of peace as the reason for the order.

Hooda, a Congress leader, has been asked to leave Rohtak "to ensure peace and harmony," official sources said.

Hooda told PTI that he had received the order advising him to leave Rohtak and not stay here for the night by the district administration for maintenance of law and order.

"As a law abiding citizen I complied with the directions issued by the Principal Secretary A K Singh and left the town immediately," he said, adding he was on his way to Delhi.

Asked whether the administration could issue such a direction, he said it could do so keeping the law and order in mind.

Hooda's close aide and senior Congress leader B B Batra said two IPS officers first came to Hooda's residence and verbally asked him to leave the town.

"But Hooda declined saying he cannot leave on verbal instructions," Batra said, adding the former Chief Minister sought an administrative order.

Batra said that later an order was issued by Principal Secretary A K Singh, who has been appointed the Special Officers for Rohtak during the Jat agitation.

He issued the order on ground of maintenance of law and order. The former Chief Minister immediately complied with the order and left for Delhi, Batra said.

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