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Torching of Dalit houses: Hooda assures strict action

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 20:27

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda on Tuesday said strict action will be initiated against
those responsible for torching of Dalit houses at a village in
Hisar and announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of
the deceased.

He promised a financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and free
treatment to each of the injured besides government job to one
family member of the deceased.
The chief minister, while on a visit to houses of the
victims, also announced two quintals of wheat to their
families and said compensation will be provided for damages to
houses and domestic goods.

Last week, following a brawl between youths of two
communities, over 18 houses of Dalits were torched allegedly
by some members of a particular community in Mirchpur, in
which a teenaged physically challenged girl and her aged
father were burnt alive.

The incident had triggered protests from the Dalits and
condemnation from several quarters including Haryana`s main
opposition party INLD, which demanded resignation of Hooda
from the chief minister post.
Consoling the victims, Hooda said strict action will be
taken against those responsible for the incident. "They will
not be spared at any cost and strict action will be taken
against them, however, influential they may be," he said.

He appealed the people to maintain communal harmony and
"not to be misled by vested politicians who will try to grind
their own axe".

On the demand of the community members, Hooda said a
Police battalion will be deputed in the village till
restoration of complete law and order.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 20:27

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