Haryana cop, revenue official held for arson attack
, May 2 (IANS) A policeman and a revenue official were arrested Sunday
in Haryana's Hisar district for the arson attack on Dalit houses in
Mirchpur village last month, in which two people were burnt alive, an
'We have arrested the naib tehsildar (sub-district revenue officer)
Jage Ram and SHO (station house officer) Vinod Kajal. They have been
booked for murder and violations of various sections of the Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,' Ram Roop,
investigating officer in the case, told IANS here Sunday.
He added: 'Both of them were presented before the court today (Sunday)
and were sent to judicial custody.'
Earlier, police had arrested 25 people after the attack, the cause of
which they said was enmity between two communities.
A 70-year-old man and his 18-year-old physically challenged daughter
were killed after they sustained burn injuries and at least 15 houses
were damaged in an attack April 21 on Dalit families by some elements
in Mirchpur village of the district.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi paid a surprise visit to
village April 29 and spent time meeting the victims of the attack.
Accompanied by senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, Rahul Gandhi
visited various houses that were set afire April 21 and he also
listened to the grievances of the families of the victims.
In the meanwhile, the district administration has assured all help to
'We are in the process of fulfilling promised assistance to all the
victim families. Security forces have been deployed in the area to
make Dalit families feel secure,' Deputy Commissioner (Hisar) O.P.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda visited Mirchpur village
April 27 and announced compensation of Rs.10 lakh each and employment
to a family member of the two people killed in the arson attack.
He had announced financial assistance of Rs.25,000 and free treatment
to the injured. Hooda promised that the damage to houses and domestic
goods would be compensated for by the government and two quintals
wheat would be given to each family as immediate relief.
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