Tension grips Haryana village as vehicles torched

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: May 03, 2015 13:34 IST

Tension gripped Tigra village of Yamunanagar district after unknown persons allegedly burnt three vehicles belonging to Dalits in an alleged cast clash late last night.

According to the information, two auto rickshaw and a car was set on fire near the Dalit basti.

The situation remained tense on Sunday and heavy police deployment was made at the village, 10 km from the district headquarters.

The incident occurred within hours of a peace process mutually accepted by members of both communities on Saturday evening.

Police sources apprehend involvement of certain suspicious elements behind the violent development who tried to derail the peace exercise completed in the presence of National Commission for Schedule Castes and the local administration.

Construction of a sports stadium on the village common land is a cause behind the issue. Both communities are on the loggerheads for the last almost one-and-half year.

In last September also, both communities of Tigra had clashed and several persons were injured.

Dalit community wanted to use the land for free allotment for construction of houses while members of a dominant class are in the favour of a sports facility.

Case of the construction of stadium is under the consideration of Punjab and Haryana high court.

Inspector general of police, Karnal range, Hanif Qureshi said that sensing trouble, adequate police force was deployed.

He refused to confirm if vehicles belonging to Dalits were torched.

“There is a complaint of cow dung cakes were burnt by unknown persons. No person or house was targeted. A case has been registered on the complaint and our priority is to ensure peace at the village,” said Qureshi.

“Also, a peace committee comprising of both communities that had amicably resolved the situation on Saturday night, has been revived,” he said.

Member of the national Commission for Schedule Castes Ishwar Singh had intervened and both sections of the society had claimed to have resolved the issue.

A press briefing issued by the Yamunanagar district administration on Saturday night said that both communities had agreed to construct a stadium at the earmarked place.

“At the meeting convened by NCSC member Ishwar Singh, it was mutually agreed that the Tigra gram panchayat will give 1.25 acres of land each to both sections for construction of their respective community centers. Also, it was mutually agreed that both communities would withdraw their criminal complaints against each other and harmony would be ensured,” reads the official communiqué issued by the administration last night.

Also, a proposal to upgrade a temporary police post at Tigra on the permanent basis with enhanced police force was mooted by both the communities.

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