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Mirchpur protest continues despite govt offer of CBI probe

PTI  Jind, January 19, 2011
First Published: 15:12 IST(19/1/2011) | Last Updated: 15:14 IST(19/1/2011)

The Haryana Government's efforts to broker peace with residents of Mirchpur village protesting at the railway tracks here failed as the indefinite sit-in seeking a fresh probe into the killing of two Dalits in April last year entered the fifth day on Wednesday.

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PWD Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala had on Tuesday told the protestors belonging to the Jat community that the state government had decided to hand over the investigation to the CBI.

"The state government is likely to move the Supreme Court to shift further investigations to the CBI," Surjewala had told the members of the upper caste community, including women, have been sitting on the tracks near Jind railway station since January 15.

They have been demanding a fresh probe into the killing of a Dalit man and his daughter on April 21 last year in Mirchpur district, after which 98 members of their community were booked.

Railway traffic on the Jind-Jakhal section of the Delhi-Ferozepur route has been disrupted due to the dharna, the call for which was issued by a Jat Mahapanchayat of 42 khaps or caste councils.

Trains have been been diverted via other routes and police personnel have been deployed in strength to maintain peace in view of the dharna.

A Delhi court had on January 9 directed the Haryana Government to move all the 98 accused from Hisar jail to a prison in New Delhi following the transfer of their trial in the case relating to the attack on Dalits allegedly by members of the upper caste Jat community.

The case relating to the killing of 70-year-old Dalit Tara Chand and his 17-year-old polio-stricken daughter Suman was transferred to a special court in Delhi by an order of the Supreme Court on December 9 last year.

The protesters, belonging to Mirchpur and the adjoining villages, have opposed the shifting of the trial to a court in the national capital and lodging of the accused in Tihar prison there.

They are demanding that the probe be held either at Rohtak or Hisar and the accused be lodged in either of the two jails.

The trial was shifted to a Rohini court after the aggrieved party had approached the Supreme Court claiming that a fair trial was not possible within the state.

The case is currently being probed by Haryana Police.

Though Mirchpur village falls in Hisar district, the protesters have commenced their protest dharna in Jind district as their village is only 15 kms from here.

Tara Chand and his daughter were killed when their house was set afire on April 21 last year in Mirchpur district after which 98 members of the Jat community were booked in connection with the case.

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