Monday, January 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mirchpur dharna continues; rail traffic disrupted;-rail-traffic-disrupted/738149/

Mirchpur dharna continues; rail traffic disrupted
Agencies Posted online: Sun Jan 16 2011, 15:08 hrs
Jind : The indefinite sit-in on railway tracks by residents of
Mirchpur village seeking fresh probe into the killing of two dalits in
April last year, continued for the second successive day on Sunday,
disrupting the railway traffic on the Jind-Jakhal section of the
Delhi-Ferozepur route.

Adamant on their demand, some members of the Jat community, including
women, squatted on the railway tracks at Julani village near Jind
railway station.

Police personnel have been deployed in strength to maintain peace in
view of the dharna by members of the Jat community on both the railway
tracks on a distance of about one km leading to the Jind Junction

The protesters, including a large number of women from Mirchpur and
adjoining villages, raised slogans against the Central government.

Meanwhile, according to a report from Hissar, tension prevailed in
Mirchpur village after the 98 accused of the upper community were sent
from the district prison to Tihar Jail.

Following the direction of a Delhi court, the district police had on
Saturday produced all the inmates before it, who sent them to Tihar
Jail till the next hearing.

The railway traffic on the Delhi-Ferozepur section has been disrupted
due to the dharna, the call for which was issued by a Jat
Mahapanchayat of 42 khaps here recently, demanding a fresh probe into
the Mirchpur incident, including booking of members of their

The protesters maintained that their dharna would be peaceful and they
would not indulge in any violent activities such as uprooting of the
railway track.

Railway sources said that trains have been been diverted via other
routes, including Jakhal.

Though the Mirchpur village falls in Hisar district, the protesters
have commenced their protest dharna in Jind district as their village
is only 15 kms from here.

A Delhi court, on January 9, had directed the Haryana Government to
move all the 98 accused from Hisar jail to a prison in the national
capital following the transfer of their trial in the case relating to
the attack on Dalits allegedly by members of the upper caste Jat
community in Mirchpur village in April last year

The direction was made in view of the fact that the case related to
the killing of 70-year-old Dalit Tara Chand and his 17-year-old
polio-stricken daughter Suman, allegedly by a mob, was transferred to
a special court in Delhi designated under the SC/ST (prevention of
atrocities) Act by an order of the Supreme Court on December 9 last

The protesters have opposed the shifting of the trial of the case to a
court at Rohini in New Delhi and lodging of the accused in a prison in
the national capital and demanded that the probe should be held either
at Rohtak or Hisar and the accused should be lodged in either of the
two jails.

The trial was shifted to a Rohini court recently after the aggrieved
party had approached the Supreme Court claiming that a fair trial was
not possible within the state.

A dalit, Tara Chand and his polio-stricken daughter were killed when
their house was set afire on April 21 last year in Mirchpur district
after which 98 members of the Jat community were booked.

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