Thursday, May 6, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Jats for CBI probe into Haryana Dalit violence

Jats for CBI probe into Haryana Dalit violence

Updated on Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 20:59 IST
Tags: Jat, CBI, DalitBuzz up! Share Hisar: A Jat Mahapanchayat has
demanded a CBI probe into the caste violence in Haryana's Mirchpur
village in which a disabled Dalit girl and her septuagenarian father
were burnt alive and several houses of the community torched saying
the real picture is not being presented before the people.

The demand was made through a resolution adopted by the Mahapanchayat
at its meeting in Hansi town yesterday which was attended by about 400
members including prominent leaders of the community from the
surrounding areas.

The Mahapanchayat also demanded immediate release of all the persons
arrested by the police so far in connection with the incident and said
stern action be taken against those responsible for violence in

Accusing the administration of taking longer than it should to resolve
the matter, the head of the Mahapanchayat Diwan Singh threatened to
intensify agitation if the police try to arrest the women of the
village in connection with the incident.

The members at the meeting also demanded that no one should be
arrested till the completion of CBI probe.

Police had earlier arrested 30 persons in connection with the Mirchpur
incident on April 21, in which a physically challenged girl and her
70-year old father were burnt alive and 18 houses torched by the

While the girl was charred to death, her father had died later at the hospital.

The Jat Mahapanchayat has now convened a state-level meeting on May 9
to decide its next course of action in the matter.

It also demanded suitable amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act so that
Gotra (clan) problems can be solved besides asking for the release of
Narnaund Station House Officer (SHO) Vinod Kajal and Naib Tehsildar
Jage Ram.

Even as the district authorities are trying to act as peacemakers, the
indefinite dharna by Dalits continued today seeking enhanced
compensation for the next of kin of the deceased and those whose
houses were burnt in Mirchpur.

The Dalits have accepted the employment offers but turned down the Rs
15 lakh compensation.

Meanhwhile, the district administration taking no chances had convened
a meeting of representatives of both Jats and Dalits to sort out the
issue, officials said here.

Both Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Haryana Chief
Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda have separately met the victims of
caste violence in the Haryana village.

However, Jat leaders at the Mahapanchayat alleged that both Rahul and
Hooda during their separate visits to Mirchpur village after the
incident met only Dalits, ignoring members of the other community.

Meanwhile, Hisar's Additional Deputy Commissioner A K Garg today gave
a cheque of Rs one lakh to Sunita, wife of Sartu, one of the victim of
Mirchpur incident.

The victims of the Mirchpur incident have so far been provided a
relief of Rs 26.49 lakh and 169 families including the next of kin of
the deceased have been provided two quintals of wheat each, he said.


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