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
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.