New Delhi: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda is under fire over a Dalit father and daughter
being burnt alive in the state with an anguished Congress
chief Sonia Gandhi telling him it was a "matter of shame" and
that such incidents cannot be allowed to happen.
Sonia has shot off an angry letter to Hooda while Rahul
Gandhi paid a surprise visit to the state in the wake of the
latest incident against Dalits.
Highly placed party sources said that in the letter
Gandhi has expressed anguish over the incident and has asked
for "firm and severe" action against the perpetrators.
Telling the Chief Minister that such incidents "cannot
be allowed to happen", Gandhi said it was a "matter of shame".
She said it was "totally unacceptable" that the incident
happened in the presence of a naib tehsildar and a police
Gandhi told Hooda to pay "personal and urgent
attention" to protect the dalits from further violence and
take "vigorous measures" to bring perpetrators to justice and
ameliorate the sufferings of those who have bore the brunt of
The Congress President`s letter has come at a time when
Rahul had paid a surprise visit yesterday to Mirchpur village
in Hissar district, where the incident took place on April
Noting that fear would be keeping the witnesses away,
Gandhi wanted the Chief Minister to build faith and confidence
among the affected people through strict application of law
and community service.
She asked the Chief Minister to ensure that justice is
done and seems to be done.