Paswan demands judicial probe into Haryana caste violence

New Delhi: LJP on Friday demanded a judicial probe into an incident in Haryana where two Dalits, including a physically challenged girl, were burnt alive allegedly by a group of dominant caste.

The party also demanded immediate rehabilitation of the victims of the alleged caste violence in Mirchpur village of Hissar district on April 21, to ensure that they live "freely and fearlessly".

Describing the incident as "gruesome", party chief Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here that LJP along with National Democratic Front (NDF) would stage a demonstration in the national capital on May 20 to protest the incident.

"Judicial inquiry should be ordered and the entire matter must be disposed of within six months by setting up a special fast track court," he demanded.

He claimed that it was not the first incident of caste violence in Mirchpur but "a regular feature as in 2003, 2005 and 2006 also dalits were attacked" in different incidents.

Stating that Haryana was known for such "frightening arson attacks", he demanded that all such major cases of attacks and exploitation of Dalits be transferred to Delhi or outside Harayna for a "fair trial" as it was not possible for the victims to get justice there because of the influence of the dominant castes.

Paswan said the incident allegedly took place in the presence of police. "The ghastly incident could have been avoided if police would have had acted in time," he said and demanded immediate suspension of "erring" officials.

Members of a dominant caste allegedly resorted to violence after some of them picked up a fight over some petty issue with Dalit children in the village.

A 70-year old man and his 18-year-old physically challenged girl were allegedly burnt alive in their house as an unruly mob set 15 houses of Dalits on fire.