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[ZESTCaste] Protest by Khap panchayats continues

21 Jan 2011 11:12:20 PM IST More

Protest by Khap panchayats continues

Talks between Mirchpur residents and Haryana Power Minister Randeep
Surjewala on Friday failed to resolve the seven-day protest blockade
with the Khaps remaining firm on their demand for a fresh probe into
the killing of two Dalits last year.

The meeting was held between the representatives of Maha Khap
Panchayat and Surjewala and former Union deputy minister Jaiparkash.

After the meeting, though the Khap representatives seemed inclined to
accept the government's proposal for a CBI
probe, the protesters rejected it.

Convenor of the Khap Suresh Koth said efforts were on to convince the

The protesters claimed that the state government was not taking any
step on their demand for a fresh probe on the plea that the matter was
before the Supreme Court.

The villagers, who are on a sit-in dharna at Julani village near Jind
railway station, also blocked roads to Gohana in Sonipat district, and
Bhiwani and Hansi in Hissar district.

Members of the pre-dominant Jat community have been sitting on the
tracks at Julani village near Jind railway
station since January 15, disrupting railway traffic on the
Jind-Jakhal section of the Delhi-Ferozepur route.

Police personnel have been deployed in strength to ensure maintenance of peace.

The villagers are protesting against the booking of 98 members of
their community in the case relating to the killing of 70-year-old
Dalit Tara Chand and his 17-year-old daughter Suman in April last

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