Monday, January 31, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits on indefinite strike

Dalits on indefinite strike
Bhaskar Mukherjee, TNN, Jan 30, 2011, 08.31am IST

HISAR (HARYANA): Days after the end of the protest by Jats over the
shifting of the trial as well as the accused in the Mirchpur violence
case from Haryana to Delhi, now 80 Dalit families who fled Mirchpur
when the Jat agitation started are holding an indefinite dharna
outside the mini secretariat here.

The families are living in the camping site provided by Gair Jat
Sangathan at a farm house near Hisar. "Who would take care of them?
Who would hear their voice as their number is quite less as compared
to the Jats," said Sangathan president Ved Pal Tanwar.

Suresh Balmiki, one of the persons sitting on dharna while talking
about the plight as well as the demands, said, "They (Jats) have used
pressure to make the government accept their demands. But who would
guarantee our safety and security? We want that the accused in the
Mirchpur violence case are punished." Satyavan Balmiki who left
Mirchpur along with wife Reena and two sons, Pankaj and Devendar said,
"We feared that we would be attacked by the Jats. Give us work and
social security."

DC Yudhbir Singh Khyaliya said, "We are gathering information about
their demands and would then take a decision."

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