Monday, August 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mirchpur Dalit killings: Court accepts prosecution's plea

Mirchpur Dalit killings: Court accepts prosecution's plea
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, August 20, 2011

The Court of Additional Session Judge, Rohini Courts, New Delhi,
Kamini Lau on Saturday accepted prosecution's plea for recording the
testimony of a doctor who recorded the dying declaration of a dalit
allegedly burnt to death by members of the Jat community in a caste
related incident of arson
and violence in Hisar's Mirchpur village in April 2010.

The Court on Saturday fixed August 27 as the next date of hearing.

The SC/ST court of Kamini Lau which is conducting trial in the case
was expected to deliver the verdict on Saturday (August 20). However,
following an application by the prosecution to record the testimony of
the doctor, the verdict has been deferred by a few weeks.

A dalit handicapped girl Suman and her father Tara Chand were burnt to
death in caste related arson and violence on April 21 last year at
Mirchpur. Several houses of Balmikis were also torched in the
incident, allegedly by members of Jat community. Several persons had
also sustained injuries in the violence. Cases were registered against
Jats under IPC and provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The trial of the case was shifted from Hisar to Delhi on the orders of
the Supreme Court. The apex court had ordered transfer of trial to
ensure a free trial without any pressure. About 100 accused were also
shifted to Delhi's Tihar jail from Hisar. In January, Jats had kept
the rail tracks and roads blocked for days demanding a CBI probe and
shifting of the jailed accused back to Hisar jail.

As a matter of precaution Haryana had on Friday mobilized additional
police force to Hisar and Jind districts in view of the possibility of
delivery of verdict in this sensitive case.


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