Mirchpur case: Protest by Khap panchayats continues
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 00:37
Jind (Haryana): Talks between Mirchpur residents and Haryana Power Minister Randeep Surjewala on Friday failed to resolve the seven-day protest blockade with the Khaps remaining firm on their demand for a fresh probe into the killing of two Dalits last year.

The meeting was held between the representatives of Maha Khap Panchayat and Surjewala and former Union deputy minister Jaiparkash.

After the meeting, though the Khap representatives seemed inclined to accept the government's proposal for a CBI probe, the protesters rejected it.

Convenor of the Khap Suresh Koth said efforts were on to convince the protesters.

The protesters claimed that the state government was not taking any step on their demand for a fresh probe on the plea that the matter was before the Supreme Court.

The villagers, who are on a sit-in dharna at Julani village near Jind railway station, also blocked roads to Gohana in Sonipat district, and Bhiwani and Hansi in Hissar district.

Members of the pre-dominant Jat community have been sitting on the tracks at Julani village near Jind railway station since January 15, disrupting railway traffic on the Jind-Jakhal section of the Delhi-Ferozepur route.

Police personnel have been deployed in strength to ensure maintenance of peace.

The villagers are protesting against the booking of 98 members of their community in the case relating to the killing of 70-year-old Dalit Tara Chand and his 17-year-old daughter Suman in April last year.


First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 00:37

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