Dalits call off indefinite dharna after govt assurance

Dalit families of Mirchipur village affected by caste violence called off their fortnight-long dharna following the state government`s assurance that their demand would be fulfilled.

Last Updated: May 08, 2010, 14:53 PM IST

Hisar: Dalit families of Mirchipur village affected by caste violence called off their fortnight-long dharna following the state government`s assurance that their
demand would be fulfilled.

They Dalits had been on an indefinite dharna in front of the mini-secretariat here demanding adequate compensation for the victims of caste violence incident and rehabilitation outside the village, prompting Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to
visit the village.

They returned to their village last evening after getting
assurance from the authorities, Deputy Commissioner O P
Sheoran said here today.

Tara Chand (70) and his daughter Suman (18) were burnt
alive on April 21 when members of a particular community
torched 18 houses belonging to Dalits, sparking violence.

Sheoran said teams from the Public Works Department and
District Welfare Office will visit the village and construct
the houses of the Dalits which were damaged by the miscreants.

The Haryana government has provided government jobs to
all the three sons of Tara Chand and given a cheque of Rs 16
lakh to Kamla Devi, the second wife of Tara Chand.

30 people have been arrested so far in this case.

PTI