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Dalit murder kicks up a row

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 01:43 IST
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THE BSP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal members clashed in Vidhan Parishad over the murder of a Dalit in Bijnor last month. While the 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, BSP leader Kamla Kant Gautam said three persons Ravi, Kamendra and Anshpal brutally killed Balvir Singh in Shekhpuri village under Chandpur police station 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 the police-Jat nexus in the region 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 for the 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) expressed concern over the murder of a Dalit and said later, they (Dalits) attacked the Jat villages. He also said Dalits looted the houses of Jats and even attacked Jat women.

Dhillon said rivalry between Jat and Jatavs had been going for a long time and the murder was result of an old enmity. Interestingly, while the BSP said that there was Jat-police nexus, Dhillon said it was Jatav-police nexus which caused panic in 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 in Uttar Pradesh. However, leader of the House and Family Welfare Minister Ahmad Hasan assured the house that action would be taken against all the accused involved in the murder.

He said there was no question of sparing anyone. The minister said the government had provided Rs 20 lakh as compensation to affected families.

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