Caste clash: Uneasy calm in Haryana village

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Sep 18, 2014 22:14 IST

An uneasy calm prevailed at Tigra village in Yamunanagar on Thursday, a day after a caste clash.

Deputy commissioner Mandeep Singh Barar said that a peace committee was formed to maintain order and that situation was returning to normal.

Dismissing media reports that a curfew had been imposed on the village, Barar said that he had only issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC.

“Such prohibitory orders are invoked even on examination days. Under the order, the district administration has only barred the assembly of five or more persons to avoid any untoward situation. There is no question of imposing curfew as the situation is under control,” said the DC.

On Wednesday evening, two communities had clashed at Tigra village, located at about 10 km from Yamunanagar district headquarters, where 20 Dalits, including women, had sustained injuries.

There were reports that during stone pelting by both communities, unknown persons had used fire arms. But, there is no confirmation of anyone receiving bullet injury during the clash.

The DC said that 13 of the 20 injured were discharged from the civil hospital on Wednesday night after first aid. Nobody was seriously injured, he said.

However, reports said villagers preferred to stay home and that authorities had deployed a large number of policemen to keep vigil.

Superintendent of police Shahsnak Anand said police teams searched houses on Thursday and seized axes, sticks etc.

“We spotted several outsiders in the village and they were made to leave for safety reasons. There were allegations of firearms use in yesterday’s clash, but we have not seized any weapons so far,” said the SP.

He added that members of both communities had assured the district authorities, in writing, to maintain peace in the village.

The SP said that on Wednesday, two police complaints were filed — by zila parishad chairperson Reena Rani, a Dalit, and members of a dominant caste— accusing each other of being unruly and violent.

“A third complaint was filed by Kalanaur chowki-incharge who was injured in the stone pelting incident. We are investigating the matter, but restoring normalcy is our priority,” said the SP.

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