Friday, January 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits flee Mirchpur again

Dalits flee Mirchpur again
Jan 21, 2011 |

Age Correspondent


Perhaps fearing a repeat of last year's caste violence that left a
70-year-old and his disabled daughter dead, besides 18 of their homes
reduced to ashes, many dalit families have left Hisar's Mirchpur
village in the face of the agitation by upper caste jat khaps or caste

The jats want the trial in the Mirchpur case restored back to Hisar
from the special court in Delhi where it was transferred on orders of
the Supreme Court last month. The protesters, who have blocked the
main Delhi-Ferozepur railway track in Jind for the past six days, are
also demanding the return of 98 jat youth arrested in connection with
the case from Tihar Jail.
Though the protesters have tried to reassure dalit residents their
demonstration was in no way directed against them, more than a dozen
families have left Mirchpur's Balmiki Mohalla for "safer" places.
The Hisar district police however denied there had been any dalit
migration from the village. "These are mere rumours. We have deployed
a big force there and will maintain peace at all cost," a senior
police officer said. Both the police and the district administration
are understandably nervous.


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