A physically challenged girl was burnt alive and her father received serious burn injuries when some persons set afire houses belonging to dalits in a village in Haryana's Hisar district on Wednesday.
Eighteen-year-old Suman was charred to death while her father Tara Chand, 70, suffered 90 per cent burns, official sources said adding the incident happened in Mirchpur village.
Members of a particular community raided the village and set afire some 12 to 15 dalit houses, they said.
Old enmity between the two communities coupled with flaring up of the tension in the past few days led to today's incident, the sources said.
A few days back, some members of a community allegedly passed some objectionable remarks on dalit women.
This provoked retaliation from the dalits who roughed up some youths of the rival community, villagers said.
A physically challenged girl was burnt alive when some persons set on fire dalit houses, Hisar Deputy Commissioner OP Sheron said.
Asked how many houses were torched, he said "we are yet to get full details."
He said a case under various sections of the IPC had been registered against some persons and promised strict action against the guilty.
A large posse of policemen were deployed in the village where tension ran high.