Tuesday, February 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mirchpur case: Shift to Delhi, Dalits urged



Mirchpur case: Shift to Delhi, Dalits urged
Bhaskar Mukherjee, TNN, Feb 22, 2011, 04.34am IST

HISAR: A team of NGO members from Delhi working for the welfare of
Dalits, on Monday asked Balmiki families, including witnesses in the
Mirchpur violence case, to shift to Delhi to ensure their safety and
security during the ongoing trial.

The team included four lawyers who are learnt to be pleading cases for
the welfare of Mirchpur victims in the Supreme Court. The team
interacted with all the 77 families camping at the farm house of Ved
Pal Tanwar, the president Non-Jat Morcha. Notably, few Dalit families
left Mirchpur as they feared for their life during the Jat protest in
Jind. Since then, the families have been staying at a farm house.

"We are here to tell them about various schemes started by government
for protection of SC and STs. We have already moved a petition in a
Rohini court to shift the witnesses to Delhi for their safety and
security. The families have agreed and would shift after court gives
its final nod," said Ritu Kumar, one of the member of four-member

In her plea before the court, Ritu had sought a safe and secure place
for the Dalit families, appropriate arrangements for education of
their children and employment opportunities for young men. Advocate
Ritu Kumar is fighting the case for the Balmikis in the Supreme Court
whereas other three, advocate Anubha Rastogi, Shree G Chauhan and
Rajat Kalsan fighting the case in a Rohini court. All the
deliberations were made in presence of Tanwar, the owner of the farm

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