Monday, February 20, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Accused in dalit hand chopping will not be spared: National Commission for Scheduled Castes

Accused in dalit hand chopping will not be spared: National Commission
for Scheduled Castes
PTI Feb 18, 2012, 08.57PM IST

NEW DELHI: Taking a serious note of the hand chopping incident of a
dalit labourer in Haryana, National Commission for Scheduled Castes
today said the accused would not be spared and shall be booked under
appropriate sections of Prevention of Atrocities Act.

The Commission also deputed a central team to undertake on-the-spot
investigations and to prescribe relief and rehabilitation measures to
victim Rajesh Ranga alias Raju, whose arm was chopped off by a man
belonging to the upper caste for drinking water from his pitcher.

National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) chairman P L Punia
said the Commission is committed to deliver justice to members of SCs
and in such cases, the accused would not be spared and will be booked
under the appropriate sections of the POA Act, 1989.

The incident took place in Daulatpur village of Haryana's Hisar district.

"In order to perform Constitutional duties, atrocity cases against
members of Dalit communities are viewed seriously and justice is
provided irrespective of any political party," Punia said in a
statement here.

The NCSC Chairman said he immediately contacted district magistrate
Amit Agrawal and superintendent of police Ashwin Shenvi and enquired
about the incident.

A central team under Joint Secretary T Theethan was deputed to see the
victim and for detailed investigations, he said.

"The district magistrate informed that the victim was provided
monetary assistance of Rs 50,000 and provided free treatment at a
private hospital. The state government has also sanctioned a sum of Rs
3 lakh as a part of rehabilitation package. The SP informed that the
accused was arrested and a charge sheet is being filed soon," the
statement said.

According to the police, Ranga, a daily wager of Sanyana village in
Haryana's Fatehabad district, had gone in search of work in Daulatpur

The labourer had stopped to drink water from the pitcher of Rajendar,
a farmer. But hardly had the Dalit touched the pitcher, the farmer got
enraged and attacked him with a sickle.

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