New Delhi: Expressing its concern and displeasure over disrupting transport system and destruction of public property during agitations, the Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Haryana government. Sending out a stern message, the Apex Court asked the state government why it should not reimburse the railways for the losses caused.

An Apex Court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly indicated that it would frame a guideline for fixing responsibility for all such loses on the state governments.

The members of the Jat community embarked on 11-day road and rail blockade after 98 people belonging to the community were booked for arson and killing in Mirchpur village in Hisar district, some 300 km from Chandigarh.

The call for the blockade was given by the mahapanchayat of 12 khaps (caste councils) in January.

"Destruction of public property and disrupting train services cannot be allowed in the name of agitation. The political parties behind such agitation must be derecognized and people must be sent behind the bars for such acts. Such activities are not acceptable and it promotes lawlessness," the bench said.

The court slammed the state government for not handling the situation effectively. It is the responsibility of the state governments to maintain law and order situation in the state, failing which they are answerable, the court said

Meanwhile, the state government has sought time from the Court before submitting any explanation. The Railways suffered a loss of Rs 34 crore during 11-day agitation in the state.

JPN/ Bureau