BSP demands CBI probe into attacks against Dalits
Tension prevailed in Mirchpur village of Haryana, where assailants set afire houses of Dalits killing a physically challenged girl and her father, as BSP on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the incident.chandigarh Updated: Apr 22, 2010 21:55 IST
Tension prevailed in Mirchpur village of Haryana, where assailants set afire houses of Dalits killing a physically challenged girl and her father, as BSP on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
"We apprehend a deep-rooted conspiracy behind the incident and demand a CBI probe into it. The gruesome incident happened in the presence of police and district administration officials who failed to protect the hapless Dalits from being targeted," BSP general secretary Man Singh Manhera told PTI over phone from Hisar.
Members of a particular community raided the village yesterday and set afire some 12 to 15 Dalit houses due to old enmity. 18-year-old Suman was charred to death while her father Tara Chand, 70, who suffered 90 per cent burns, died later, officials said, adding 25 people have been arrested in connection with the arson.
The situation was tense in the village, where affected Dalit families constituted a seven-member Committee.
Manhera said the Committee had put forth several demands before the Government that included compensation of Rs 25 lakh to next of those killed, Rs 10 lakh to the ten injured besides rehabilitation of those whose houses had been burnt.
Manhera along with state BSP chief Prakash Bharti and other leaders earlier visited the affected village.
Condemning the incident, Opposition INLD called for a high-level independent probe and demanded that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda own up responsibility for the incident and step down on moral grounds.
INLD Secretary General and Dabwali MLA, Ajay Singh Chautala, said the police and civil administration officials "failed" to protect lives and property of the Dalits and demanded strict action against them.
He said affected families should be suitably compensated.
Meanwhile, ruling Congress assured the culprits would not be spared at any cost.
"The arrests of the people responsible for this incident have already started...the administration and police officials who failed to provide protection to the Dalits at the time also need to be punished and cases registered against them," party spokesman Ved Prakash Vidrohi said in a statement here.
He said the Government should set up a committee to investigate the incident. "The committee should also ascertain if this violence was pre-planned or even instigated by the anti-social elements just to increase caste-related friction in the state."