A Delhi court has directed Haryana government to move 100 inmates of Hisar jail to a prison in the national capital following the transfer of their trial in a case related to attack on Dalits allegedly by upper caste Hindus at Mirchpur village there in April last year.
Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau asked Jail superintendent, Hisar district, to ensure that the accused lodged at the jail were transferred here if they were not facing criminal proceedings in any other cases.
The direction was made in view of the fact that case relating to the killing of a 70-year-old Dalit man and his physically-challenged daughter allegedly by a mob of 102 people was transferred to the special court here designated under the SC/ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989 by an order of the apex court on December nine.
Meanwhile, Haryana Government also informed the court in a communication that it had requested the NCT government to appoint a Special Public Prosecutor to follow the case, which is to come up for hearing on January 14.
The Supreme Court had earlier transferred the case to the special designated court in Delhi to ensure a free and fair trial. It had also said that the special court at Rohini will be free to re-examine witnesses already examined by the Additional Sessions Judge in Hisar.
The apex court passed the order after examining the affidavits filed by two court-appointed advocates, who had submitted that the witnesses were under constant threat due to the hostile atmosphere created by the accused.
On April 21, 2010, a Dalit man and his daughter were burnt alive in violence against the community allegedly by members of an upper caste, forcing about 150 families to flee Mirchpur village in Hisar.
Out of the total 102 people facing trial in the case, one has got bail and another is a juvenile.