Mirchpur residents intensify protest, 121 khaps extend support
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Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011, 15:04
  
Jind: Residents of Mirchpur and adjoining villages, demanding a fresh probe into the killing of two Dalits in April last year, have said that they would intensify their ongoing agitation by staging protests at 50 more places and claimed that 121 khaps (self-styled panchayats) in the state have extended their support to their protest.

The protest, which entered its seventh consecutive day on Friday, has disrupted rail and road traffic in the state.

The protesters are likely to stage protest at 50 different places in the state during the day, disrupting rail and road traffic, their spokesman Suresh Koth said.

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

Koth had claimed that 121 khaps (self-styled panchayats) in the state have extended their support to the protest.

The protesters rued that the state government was misleading the protesters by not taking any action on their demand for a fresh probe on the plea that the matter was before the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, police personnel have been deployed in strength to ensure peace.

After the upper-caste villagers began their indefinite dharna, the call for which was issued by a Jat Mahapanchayat of 42 khaps, long-route passenger and goods trains have been diverted via other routes, including Jakhal, while some local passenger trains have been cancelled.

The villagers are protesting the booking of 98 members of their upper-caste 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.

A Delhi court had on January 9 directed the Haryana government to move all the 98 accused from Hisar jail to New Delhi's Tihar prison following the transfer of their trial to a special court in Delhi by an order of the Supreme Court on December 9 last year, after the aggrieved party had approached the apex court claiming that a fair trial was not possible within the state.

The protesters are demanding that the probe be held either at Rohtak or Hisar and the accused be lodged in either of the two jails.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 15:04


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