The BSP and Rashtriya Lok Dal members clashed in Vidhan Parishad over the murder of a Dalit in Bijnor last month.
While BSP accused a minister of terrorising Dalits in the region, the RLD said Jatavs had made organised attack on Jats and ransacked their villages. However, both demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
Raising the issue through an adjournment motion in the House on Monday the BSP leader Kamla Kant Gautam said three persons Ravi, Kamendra and Anshpal brutally killed Balvir Singh in village Shekhpuri under Chandpur police circle on November 11, 2006.
Gautam said the killers then took the body to various adjoining villages to terrorise Dalits. He said later the body was dumped near Sansarpur. He said the killers were raising anti-Dalit and pro-Jat slogans.
Gautam said police-Jat nexus in the region had forced the Dalits to flee from villages. He said resentment was brewing among the people in the district. The BSP leader also assailed the government of the fast deteriorating law and order situation. He said Dalits were at the receiving end everywhere in the state.
However, strongly rebutting the charge Dr Hari Singh Dhillon (RLD), expressing concern over the murder of a Dalit said later they (Dalits) attacked the Jat villages. He said Dalits looted the houses of Jats and even Jat women were attacked.
Dhillon said rivalry between Jat and Jatavs had been going for a long time and the murder was the result of old enmity. Interestingly while BSP said there was a Jat-Police nexus, Dhillon said it was Jatav-police nexus which played havoc on Jat villages.
Munna Singh Chauhan (RLD) also flayed the BSP for fabricating the charges against Jats. He said the BSP had been trying to create "Maharashtra-type" situation. However, the leader of House and Family Welfare Minister Ahmad Hasan assured the house that action would be taken against all accused persons. He said there was no question of sparing any high and mighty. The minister said the government had provided Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the affected families.
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