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
fourth on Tuesday, 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 squatting on rail tracks in Jind as their
village is only 15 kms from here. The protesters postponed
their plan to stage a dharna in Bhiwani today.
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 district
after which 98 members of the Jat community were booked in
connection with the case.