Tuesday, January 17, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Court acquits 11 accused of torching Dalit houses


Court acquits 11 accused of torching Dalit houses
Express News Service Posted online: Tue Jan 17 2012, 04:04 hrs
Panchkula : In a major setback to the CBI, a Panchkula court, on
Monday, acquitted eleven persons, who were accused of torching dozens
of Dalit houses in Balmiki Colony, in Sonipat district on August,

The eleven persons were acquitted by the CBI special judge, A S
Narang. There were 14 accused in the case, but three had died during
the trial.

Those acquitted by the court included Rajesh Kumar, Dalbir Singh,
Radhey Sham, Rajinder Singh, Pardeep Sangwan, Bhola Ram, Lahna Singh,
Manoj Kumar, Ramesh Kancha, Balbir Singh and Nafee Singh

The CBI had charged fourteen people of rioting and being a part of
unlawful assembly after registering a case in 2005. All the witnesses
in the case had turned hostile and no accused was identified in the

The case dates back to 2005 when Baljit Siwach, a Jat , was murdered
on August 27, 2005. After Baljit's murder, dozens of Dalit houses were
torched in Balmiki Colony on August 31, 2005. Soon after the murder of
Baljit and incidents of arson at Gohana, the Haryana government had
ordered a CBI inquiry.


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