Monday, April 25, 2011

[ZESTCaste] SC directs magisterial probe into Mirchpur dalit case

SC directs magisterial probe into Mirchpur dalit case
Agencies Posted online: Mon Apr 25 2011, 11:48 hrs
New Delhi : The Supreme Court today ordered a magisterial probe into
allegations that victims of Mirchpur dalit violence were being
targeted by those accused of killing an elderly dalit and his daughter
in the village.

A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly asked the chief
judicial magistrate of Hisar district to conduct the enquiry and
submit the report within two weeks.

The Bench passed the order on an application by the victims and their
lawyers alleging that they are being targeted by the accused persons.

On April 21 last year, a dalit man and his physically challenged
daughter were burnt alive in violence against the community allegedly
by members of an upper caste, forcing about 150 families to flee
Mirchpur village in Hisar.

Demanding a fresh probe into the dalit killings, upper caste people of
Mirchpur and other adjoining villages in Hisar district had brought
rail and road traffic to Delhi via Jind to a grinding halt in March
this year.

Earlier, the apex court had asked the Haryana government to identify
the persons and organisation responsible for holding demonstration in
December last year against booking of some upper caste people in
connection with the killings.

The Bench had also directed the government and the Railway Board to
spell out steps taken by them to recover financial loss caused
following the 11-day stir organised by 12 'khap' panchayats.

A Delhi court had on January 9 directed the Haryana government to move
all the 98 accused from Hisar jail to Tihar prison since their trial
was transferred to a court in Delhi following a Supreme Court order.

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