Jats for CBI probe into Haryana Dalit violence
A Jat Mahapanchayat has demanded a CBI probe into the caste violence in Haryana`s Mirchpur village in which a disabled Dalit girl and her septuagenarian father were burnt alive.
Hisar: A Jat Mahapanchayat has demanded a CBI
probe into the caste violence in Haryana`s Mirchpur village in
which a disabled Dalit girl and her septuagenarian father were
burnt alive and several houses of the community torched saying
the real picture is not being presented before the people.
The demand was made through a resolution adopted by the
Mahapanchayat at its meeting in Hansi town yesterday which was
attended by about 400 members including prominent leaders of
the community from the surrounding areas.
The Mahapanchayat also demanded immediate release of all
the persons arrested by the police so far in connection with
the incident and said stern action be taken against those
responsible for violence in Mirchpur.
Accusing the administration of taking longer than it
should to resolve the matter, the head of the Mahapanchayat
Diwan Singh threatened to intensify agitation if the police
try to arrest the women of the village in connection with the
The members at the meeting also demanded that no one
should be arrested till the completion of CBI probe.
Police had earlier arrested 30 persons in connection with
the Mirchpur incident on April 21, in which a physically
challenged girl and her 70-year old father were burnt alive
and 18 houses torched by the miscreants.
While the girl was charred to death, her father had died
later at the hospital.
The Jat Mahapanchayat has now convened a state-level
meeting on May 9 to decide its next course of action in the
It also demanded suitable amendment in the Hindu
Marriage Act so that Gotra (clan) problems can be solved
besides asking for the release of Narnaund Station House
Officer (SHO) Vinod Kajal and Naib Tehsildar Jage Ram.
Even as the district authorities are trying to act as
peacemakers, the indefinite dharna by Dalits continued today
seeking enhanced compensation for the next of kin of the
deceased and those whose houses were burnt in Mirchpur.
The Dalits have accepted the employment offers but turned
down the Rs 15 lakh compensation.
Meanhwhile, the district administration taking no
chances had convened a meeting of representatives of both Jats
and Dalits to sort out the issue, officials said here.
Both Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Haryana
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda have separately met the
victims of caste violence in the Haryana village.
However, Jat leaders at the Mahapanchayat alleged that
both Rahul and Hooda during their separate visits to Mirchpur
village after the incident met only Dalits, ignoring members
of the other community.
Meanwhile, Hisar`s Additional Deputy Commissioner A K
Garg today gave a cheque of Rs one lakh to Sunita, wife of
Sartu, one of the victim of Mirchpur incident.
The victims of the Mirchpur incident have so far been
provided a relief of Rs 26.49 lakh and 169 families including
the next of kin of the deceased have been provided two
quintals of wheat each, he said.