Mirchpur killing: SC seeks response on relief
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 20:31
  
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from Haryana government on giving a rehabilitation package to 125 Dalits who were forced to leave their village after the killing of a 70-year-old Dalit man and his physically-challenged daughter were killed last year.

A bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi asked the state government to respond by Friday on the package.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking monetary assistance for the Dalits who fled from Mirchpur village after they were attacked by pre-dominant Jat community there.

Advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner, pleaded with the court that the state government should relocate them and provide Rs ten thousand to each per month for a reasonable period.

The incident took place on April 21 last year when the accused resorted to rioting and attacked the houses of people of Dalit community as a pet dog of a Dalit had barked at a group of Jats two days before when they were passing through the colony.

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

The trial court has convicted 15 people in the case, out of which three persons were sentenced to life imprisonment on October 31.

The 15 convicts, belonging to the Jat community, were held guilty for setting ablaze Tara Chand's house, which caused the deaths of two persons.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 20:31


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