Tuesday, February 1, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mirchpur violence: SC slams Haryana Govt



Mirchpur violence: SC slams Haryana Govt
Posted on Jan 31, 2011 at 08:50pm IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Haryana
government for failing to clear an 11-day-long blockade of the
national highway by the Jat community protesting the arrests of its
members allegedly involved in the Mirchpur village attack on Dalits.

The apex court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly told
the government that "the blockade of the national highway cannot be

The court said that the common man had the right to travel and the
highway could not be obstructed by anyone in the course of an

Mirchpur violence: SC slams Haryana Govt

The judges said that it could not be a mute witness to a situation
where the rule of law was subverted by muscle power.

The Jat agitators have been protesting against the arrest of their 98
people allegedly involved in attack on the Dalits of Mirchpur village
of Hisar district April 21, 2010. The blockade was ordered by the
mahapanchayat 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.

The court said it could not be a mute spectator to the way people were
being put to trouble by the agitators. The court condemned the strong
arm tactics being used by the members of the dominant caste to
frustrate action against them.

The court said that the right to life of another community could not
be put violated by members of the dominant community.

The judges also took note of the recent agitation by the Gujjar
community of Rajasthan which disrupted rail and road traffic for days
together, thereby causing hardship to people.

The trial in Mirchpur anti-Dalit violence case was shifted to a court
in Delhi's Rohini district court complex after the apex court was told
that the witnesses were being threatened and the atmosphere outside
the trial court in Hisar was not conducive for a free and fair trial.

The matter was adjourned for two weeks.

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