Rs 1.5 lakh for Dalit girls' mother
Express news service Posted online: Wed Dec 22 2010, 00:31 hrs
New Delhi : Two days after the Moradabad police said that the
suspected mob killing of two Dalit girls in Kothiwal Nagar was a
"suicide", the city magistrate has awarded a compensation of Rs 1.5
lakh to their mother. Senior officials also assured the agitating
Valmiki community of a fair probe. The probe will now be headed by
Assistant SP and Circle Officer (Civil Lines) Vinod Kumar Singh.
The compensation announcement came after the issue threatened to
snowball, with over 1,400 safai karamcharis of Moradabad starting an
indefinite strike. After the announcement of the relief, the strike
was called off.
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes, led by known Mayawati
baiter P L Punia, too got into the picture and sent a team to
Moradabad on Tuesday. Punia told The Indian Express: "Officials of the
district administration and the police are responsible for the death
of the Dalit sisters. Our team has conducted an inquiry, and the
commission would get a case registered under the SC/ST (Prevention of
Atrocities) Act against erring officials according to the findings.
The girls were killed, it was not a case of suicide."
Geeta (25) and Neetu (22) were allegedly burnt alive inside their
house by a mob on Saturday. The girls' brothers were named in the
murder of a local trader's wife and eight-year-old daughter, and they
had been facing constant taunts and threats from the neighbourhood.
A case has been registered against the trader whose wife and daughter
were killed, Pankaj Gagneja, and seven others for murder and under
various sections of the SC/ST Act.
On Tuesday top officers met the mother of the girl, Rajkali, and
assured her that the matter was being taken up at the highest level.
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