Wednesday, February 16, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mirchpur violence: Delhi, Haryana told to protect witnesses


Mirchpur violence: Delhi, Haryana told to protect witnesses
2011-02-15 19:00:00

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday told the Delhi
and Haryana governments to provide security to witnesses to the attack
on Dalits at Mirchpur village in Haryana in 2010, which led to the
death of two people.

Justice Hima Kohli, hearing a petition of the Delhi government for
permission to provide security to the witnesses in the capital, said:
'Both the governments should sit together and chart out a plan on
security of the witnesses, who have to appear before a Delhi court to
record statements.'

The high court also asked both the Delhi and Haryana governments to
inform it Feb 19 about the progress in the case.

The court said that if both governments fail to arrive at a decision
on the witnesses' security by Feb 19, the home secretaries of the two
states would have to appear before it for explanation.

The court imposed a restraint on the appearance of Delhi principal
secretary/secretary (home) before the city court Feb 17 in the
Mirchpur riots case.

City court Special Judge (Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Act)
Kamini Lau earlier had asked the Delhi principal secretary/secretary
(home) to appear before it Feb 17 in the case.

The Supreme Court had earlier directed that the case relating to the
killing of a 70-year-old Dalit man and his physically-challenged
daughter in Mirchpur village allegedly by a mob of over 100 people
from the Jat community be transferred to the special court here to
ensure a free and fair trial.

Jat agitators have been protesting the arrest of 98 people from their
community allegedly involved in the Mirchpur village riots and arson
in Hisar district April 21, 2010. The blockade was ordered by the
mahapanchayat (community conclave) of 12 khaps (caste councils).

A 70-year-old man and his 18-year-old physically-challenged daughter
were killed in the arson attack on a Dalit locality in Mirchpur
village, about 300 km from Chandigarh.

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