Tuesday, February 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mirchpur: SC asks railways, Haryana to recover losses



Mirchpur: SC asks railways, Haryana to recover losses
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 21, 2011

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Haryana Government and Railways
to explain how it would recover the financial losses incurred during
the last year's stir called by the upper caste people while protesting
against the arrest of their members in connection with the Mirchpur
Dalit killings case.>

A bench comprising Justice GS Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly gave the
directions following submission of losses incurred by the state and
the railways in the apex court.

According to the railways, it suffered a loss of R33.95 crore while
the Haryana government's pegged its estimate loss at R45.92 lakh.

"What steps have been taken by the Railways and the state government
for the recovery of losses to the public property," the bench asked
the counsel for the two. It directed the advocates to file a detailed
response to its query before March 7, the next date of hearing.

As per the Haryana government's submission, even its forest department
had to spend R90,000 in removing 3,130 trees that were uprooted by
protesters. The administration has, however, issued guidelines to
ensure that similar protests were not repeated.

The stir by the upper caste members was held in protest of the arrest
of 98 persons from their community for allegedly killing a 70-year-old
man and his teenaged daughter from the lower caste at Mirchpur village
in Hisar on April 21 last year.

The agitation call took place even as the apex court transferred the
trial from Haryana to Delhi. Normalcy was restored in the troubled
districts on January 26 following the intervention of Haryana Chief
Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who assured the protesters that a
committee would be constituted to look into the grievances raised by
the upper case members.

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