Protest by Mirchpur residents continues, rail traffic hit
Jind: The indefinite sit-in on railway tracks by residents of Mirchpur village seeking fresh
probe into the killing of two Dalits in April last year entered the third Monday, disrupting rail traffic on the Jind-Jakhal section of the Delhi-Ferozepur route.
Members of the pre-dominant Jat community, including
women, were sitting on the tracks at Julani village near Jind
railway station. The protesters belong to Mirchpur and
Police personnel have been deployed to maintain peace
in view of the dharna.
Railway traffic on the Delhi-Ferozepur section has been disrupted due to the dharna, the call for which was issued by a Jat Mahapanchayat of 42 khaps here recently demanding a fresh probe into the Mirchpur incident, including the decision to book members of their community.
Railway sources said that trains have been been diverted via other routes, including Jakhal.
Though Mirchpur village falls in Hisar district the protesters are squating on rail tracks in Jind as their village is only 15 kms from here. The protesters will also stage a dharna in Bhiwani tomorrow.
A Delhi court had on January 9 directed the Haryana Government to move all the 98 accused from Hisar jail to a prison in the national capital following the transfer of their trial in the case relating to the attack on Dalits allegedly by members of the upper caste Jat community.
The case relating to the killing of 70-year-old Dalit Tara Chand and his 17-year-old polio-stricken daughter Suman, was transferred to a special court in Delhi by an order of the
Supreme Court on December 9 last year.
The protesters have opposed the shifting of the trial of the case to a court at Rohini in New Delhi and lodging of the accused in a prison in the national capital and demanded that the probe be held either at Rohtak or Hisar and the accused be lodged in either of the two jails.
The trial was shifted to a Rohini court after the aggrieved party had approached the Supreme Court claiming that a fair trial was not possible within the state.
Tara Chand and his daughter were killed when their house was set afire on April 21 last year in Mirchpur districtafter which 98 members of the Jat community were booked in
connection with the case.
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