Monday, June 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit protesters lathicharged in Hisar

Dalit protesters lathicharged in Hisar

Jyoti KamalJyoti Kamal , CNN-IBN
Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 04:40pm IST

Hisar: A group of protesters belonging to the Dalit community were
lathicharged in Hisar, Haryana on Monday when they were agitating
outside the District Collector's office against the bail given to some
of the accused in the infamous Mirchpur murder case.

Hisar Superintendent of Police Hanif Qureshi said that the protesters
started pelting stones on the police force after which the order for a
lathicharge was given.

"There were about 300 protesters. The people protesting were organised
by Ved Prakash Kanwar. They were provocated by the speech of Ved
Prakash Kanwar and then they broke the barricade and started stone
pelting. Some police personnel too were injured in the incident. The
police carried out a mild lathicharge," said Qureshi.

However, he denied that the protests were connected to the Mirchpur incident.

On April 21, 2010 two persons from the Balmiki community were killed
when members of the Jat community attacked them. The two persons
killed were 17-year-old physically disabled Dalit girl, Suman, and her
70-year-old father Tara Chand.

The Jat community has also been demanding a fresh probe into the
Mirchpur incident. The protesters want all those who stand accused in
the case to be brought back to Hisar jail.

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