Thursday, February 9, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Appeal in HC against acquittal in Mirchpur Dalit killings

Appeal in HC against acquittal in Mirchpur Dalit killings
PTI | 07:02 PM,Feb 09,2012

Delhi, Feb 9 (PTI) The kin of a 70-year-old Dalit, who was burnt alive
in April 2010 at Haryana's Mirchpur village along with his
physically-challenged daughter, has moved the Delhi High Court
challenging the trial court's acquittal of 82 accused. They have also
sought enhancement of the sentence for 12 of the convicts as five of
them were awarded five years jail term and seven others were let off
on probation of one year. The appeal came up for hearing before a
bench comprising Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Pratibha Rani, which
posted the matter for hearing on February 22 asking the victim's
family members and some eye witnesses who have challenged the trial
court verdict to be present personally. The 15 convicts, belonging to
the Jat community, were held guilty by a trial court in Delhi for
setting ablaze victim Tara Chand's house, which resulted in his death
along with his teenaged daughter at Mirchpur village of Hissar
district on April 21, 2010. The incident took place following a
dispute between Jat and Dalit communities. The victim's family members
and three villagers have approached the high court against the trial
court verdict. They said the dominant community had extended threats
to the victims who deposed before the trial court as a witnesses, in
the case.

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