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[ZESTCaste] Rahul Visits Mirchpur Village

Rahul Visits Mirchpur Village

29/04/2010 21:10:00
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Hisar : AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi paid an unannounced short
visit this afternoon to Mirchpur village where arsoning and attacks on
Dalits had claimed two lives recently, and assured the aggrieved
Valmiki community of all possible help and stringent action against

An argument over a barking dog in the street led to one of the most
violent clash that Haryana has seen.On April 21, 15 houses belonging
to the village's Dalits were set on fire by the upper caste Jats. The
incident of violence witnessed a physically challenged girl and her 70
year-old-father being burnt alive. The attackers, allegedly from the
Jat community, identified houses of the more well-off among the
Balmiki community and set them on fire. The mood in the village was
that dalits 'need to be taught a lesson'.
The young Congress leader took the authorities by surprise as he
disembarked from his private vehicle and made straight to the cluster
of houses burnt down in the arson.

Located in Hissar district, Mirchpur has a handful of dalits: about
100 Balmiki families, 350 'Jatav' families and 50 Doms to the 1700-odd
Jat families. The team found that growing economic prosperity among a
section of the minority dalits seemed to be the root cause this time
around.He remained in the village for about half an hour with the
aggrieved families and specially sympathised with the bereaved family
of Tara Chand and Suman. He also observed a two-minute silence to pray
for the departed souls.
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has been demanding the resignation
of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government for its failure in preventing
the Mirchpur incident. The party said Hooda has no moral or democratic
right to stay in power after the incident in which houses of Dalits
were torched resulting in the death of a disabled girl and her father.
The party said the incident was a blot on the government and was
enough to prove that there was "jungle raj" in the state. Police
arrested 25 people for the incident and said the attack was due to an
old enmity between the two communities.


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