Mirchpur Dalit killings: Life term to 3 persons

In April 2010 a 70-year-old Dalit and his physically-challenged daughter were killed at Haryana`s Mirchpur village.

Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 23:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Three persons were sentenced to
life imprisonment by a Delhi court on Monday for their
involvements in the April 2010 killings of a 70-year-old Dalit
and his physically-challenged daughter at Haryana`s Mirchpur

While sentencing Kulwinder, Ramphal and Rajender to life
term, Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau sentenced five
others to varying jail terms up to five years while letting
off seven others on probation for one year.

A total of 15 people were convicted in the case on
September 24.

The five, who were sentenced to lesser jail terms up to
five years are Baljeet, Karamveer, Karampal, Dharambir and

ASJ Lau also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on each of eight
convicts who were sentenced to varying jail terms, while a
fine of Rs 10,000 each was imposed on probationer convicts.

The court had earlier acquitted 82 out of 97 accused in
the case saying the allegations levelled against them were not
proved beyond reasonable doubt.

The 15 convicts, belonging to Jat community, were held
guilty for setting ablaze victim Tara Chand`s house, which
caused the deaths on April 21, last year in Mirchpur village
in Hissar district. The incident took place after a dispute
between Jat and Dalit communities of the village.

The court had convicted Kulwinder, Ramphal and Rajender,
who were sentenced to life term, on charges of committing
unintentional killings under Section 304 of IPC.

Besides these three, 12 others were convicted on milder
charges of arson, rioting and making unlawful assembly.

Six of them -- Monu, Baljeet, Karamveer, Karampal,
Dharambir and Bobal -- were convicted for setting ablaze the
houses of Dalits.

Another six persons were held guilty for rioting,
unlawful assembly and causing damages to properties by pelting

The court had convicted the 15 accused after examining 68
prosecution witnesses, 44 defence witnesses and one court

The accused were tried under various IPC sections dealing
with murder, rioting, making unlawful assembly, promoting
enmity between different communities, physical assault,
creating mischief and damaging public property.

The accused resorted to rioting and attacked the houses
of people of Dalit community on April 21 as a pet dog of a
Dalit had barked at a group of Jats two days ago when they
were passing through the colony, according to the charge

They got enraged when a Dalit boy objected to hurling of
stones by Jat youths at the dog, it had said, adding that
later it led to the killings of Tara Chand and his physically-
challenged teenaged daughter.