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Torching of Dalit houses: Hooda assures strict action

india Updated: Apr 27, 2010 19:05 IST

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday said strict action will be initiated against those responsible for torching of Dalit houses at a village in Hisar and announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased.

He promised a financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and free treatment to each of the injured besides government job to one family member of the deceased.

The chief minister, while on a visit to houses of the victims, also announced two quintals of wheat to their families and said compensation will be provided for damages to houses and domestic goods.

Last week, following a brawl between youths of two communities, over 18 houses of Dalits were torched allegedly by some members of a particular community in Mirchpur, in which a teenaged physically challenged girl and her aged father were burnt alive.

The incident had triggered protests from the Dalits and condemnation from several quarters including Haryana's main opposition party INLD, which demanded resignation of Hooda from the chief minister post.

Consoling the victims, Hooda said strict action will be taken against those responsible for the incident.

"They will not be spared at any cost and strict action will be taken against them, however, influential they may be," he said.

He appealed the people to maintain communal harmony and "not to be misled by vested politicians who will try to grind their own axe".

On the demand of the community members, Hooda said a Police battalion will be deputed in the village till restoration of complete law and order.