Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Rajya Sabha MP Avtar Singh Karimpuri has raised issue of atrocities being committed against dalits especially in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
Taking up the case of Nathpal Dhilwan, a dalit, of Dhilwan village, Jalandhar; he said that Vijay Kumar Dhilwan, the nephew of Nathpal Dhilwan was allegedly murdered by the councilor of Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) during post Vienna protests in Jalandhar in 2009.
Karimpuri further said that Nathpal was the main witness in Vijay murder case and has also been pursuing the case for last for years. Rajya MP also said that as police under pressure of ruling SAD submitted inquiry report in the court to cancel the FIR against SAD councilor registered under section 302, but the court rejected it and now the murder case is being pursued by Nathpal against SAD councilor in the court.
MP further said that Vicky Dhilwan, who was also a dalit, was murdered on August 16 and Nathpal was framed in this case as he was the main witnesses. “The family members of Vicky were demanding probe into the role of the driver of SAD councilor in the murder case”, he said by adding that the police are not ready to probe into his role.
He added that similarly a dalit sarpanch Desraj was abused and harassed by a feudal NRI after the sarpanch of village Khangura, Phagwara refused to follow the diktat of the NRI. The SC sarpanch could not bear pressure of NRI and committed suicide by jumping before the train, he said. He said that the police registered FIR against the NRI only after BSP held protest in Phagwara, but did not arrest NRI till date.
BSP member said that the center government should intervene in the cases to stop victimization of the dalits in the state where SAD BJP government is in power. Karimpuri further told that in Jind district of Haryana, a dalit girl was abducted, raped and murdered but her family had to sit on dharna to get justice.
In this case too, the police are pressuring the family members of the girl to withdraw the case, he added.