With the verdict in the Mirchpur case likely to be delivered by a Delhi court on August 20, Haryana on Friday mobilized around 20 companies of police personnel to districts of Hisar and Jind as a precautionary measure.
Mirchpur, a village in Hisar district where a dalit handicapped girl and her father were burnt to death in caste related arson and violence on April 21 last year is only 15 kilometres away from Jind. Several houses of Balmikis were also torched in the incident, allegedly by members of Jat community.
Several persons had also sustained injuries in the violence. The trial of the case was shifted from Hisar to Delhi on the orders of the Supreme Court. The apex court had ordered transfer of trial to ensure a free trial without any pressure. About 100 accused were also shifted to Delhi’s Tihar jail from Hisar.
The accused were tried by the SC/ST court of Additional Sessions Judge, Rohini, New Delhi, Kamini Lau. Lau who even visited the site of the violence is expected to deliver the verdict on Saturday. Earlier in January, Jats had kept the rail tracks and roads blocked for days demanding a CBI probe and shifting of the jailed accused back to Hisar jail.
Director-General of Police (DGP), Haryana, Ranjeev Singh Dalal said on Friday that mobilization of additional forces to Hisar and Jind districts was more of a precautionary step. “We have also deputed more officers in these two district. We would like people to keep peace after the delivery of verdict and resort to legal recourse only,’’ Dalal said.
Senior officials said that about 20 additional DSPs and two SP rank officers have also been stationed in the two districts. “Alert has been sounded throughout the state,’’ said an official. The state police is also in touch with its Delhi counterpart since the verdict can precipitate clashes in the Rohini court premises. A top official said that security has also been tightened at Mirchpur.
The CRPF personnel stationed since last year will stay put as a request for moving them out has been denied. Hisar Deputy Commissioner is also holding parleys with prominent villagers and leaders of Mirchpur village. Movement of about 60,000 persons including women from across the state for a sammelan of panches and sarpanches scheduled to be held at Jind on Sunday is also giving jitters to the police. This kind of a traffic and gathering can be an ideal breeding ground for a conflict, said an official. Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda who will address the panches and sarpanches on Sunday will remain put in Jind on Saturday as well. He is scheduled to address a public meeting in Narwana on Saturday.