Friday, May 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Traders jam road after Dalit bandh call

Traders jam road after Dalit bandh call
Bhaskar Mukherjee, TNN | May 13, 2011, 05.46am IST

SIRSA: Disorder prevailed here on Thursday, when members of Dalit
community gave a bandh call in the city on Thursday. They did so to
protest against the murder of a youth from the community. There were
incidents of looting and damage to shops. All that led to the affected
traders also blocking the national highway-10 for an hour.

The murder had taken place in Bani village on May 1.

Angry at the protesters` action, Heera Lal Sharma, president of
Haryana Vaypar Mandal said, "Why are we targeted every time? Even the
police kept mum when miscreants were damaging shops. We demand that
city SHO Maha Singh be transferred and proper compensation be given to
the affected shopkeepers." After the jam on NH-10, a situation of
traffic chaos emerged near the "Lal Batti Chowk" in 43 degrees celsius
temperature. Many people had to wait for an hour there.

Talking about action on the part of cops, DSP (headquarters) Puran
Chand Panwar said, "We have arrested four miscreants and impounded one
bike. Situation in the city is normal now and shopkeepers opened their
shops late in the evening. Heavy police force deployment in the city
to maintain law and order situation. We are in process of identifying
miscreants who were involved in looting and creating disturbance. We
will arrest them soon," he added.

In the May 1 incident, Mukh Ram, 28, was shot dead by members of a
group of youths due to an old enmity. The assailants also attacked him
with sharp weapons mercilessly. The deceased was going to the Surewala
village in his car.

Two days after the murder, vice-chairman of National Commission of SC
Cell, Dr Raj Kumar Verka, met the family of the deceased. He also gave
a seven-day ultimatum to the district administration as well as police
department to nab the accused.

Ellenabad DSP Ravinder Kumar, who is also investigating officer of the
Bani murder case, said they had already arrested five of the accused.
However, protesters said that two accused in the case were still at
large. The bandh was to continue from 9am to noon on Thursday. Dalit
leader Veer Shanti Swaroop said, "We give five days to police
department for arresting all the accused. If police fail to do that,
we will take the protest to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi."

On its part, the administration has announced Rs 12 lakh compensation
to the family of the deceased besides government job to a relative.

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