Dalit leaders led by Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athwale on Tuesday demanded a judicial and a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the gruesome murder of a dalit family in Khairlanji village in Nagpur on September 29. The dalit delegation met up with Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil to air their grievances against the police "mishandling of the case’’, even as street violence continued in Nagpur for the second day.
Terming the violence as spontaneous reaction to police insensitivity in handling the case, Athawale said that the delegation wanted an assurance from Patil about a speedy and just trial in this case.
The gruesome murders and ensuing Dalit violence could spell trouble for the ruling alliance in the upcoming municipal council elections. It could also lead to bad blood between the allies Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Republican Party of India (RPI).
Patil caught on a backfoot requested the delegation to quell violence. He assured the dalit leaders that the state police machinery would ``not spare the guilty’’.
"This case is going to be heard in a fast track court to ensure speedy justice. We have also decided to appoint Ujjwal Nikam as the prosecutor in this case. The sole surviving member of the family will be rehabilitated and given land,’’ said Patil.
The home minister added that soon a government resolution would be issued that made it the responsibility of the local police to take special care and ensure security of Dalit or backward class homes in largely upper-caste villages.