The chief secretary (CS) and the director general of police (DGP) of Rajasthan sought exemption from appearance before the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Monday.
The two were summoned by the commission over a bloody clash between Jats and Dalits for a land in Dangawas village in Nagaur district on May 14, which left four people dead and many injured.
An NCSC official said the two Rajasthan officials have requested for the exemption saying they were required to be in the state owing to Gujjar agitation. However, Nagaur district magistrate (DM) and superintendent of police (SP) will face the commission tomorrow (Tuesday), the NCSC official confirmed.
NCSC chairman PL Punia had visited Dangawas on Saturday and had summoned CS, DGP, Nagaur DM and SP for alleged laxity in handling the caste clash.
Punia had told HT in Ajmer that he would ask the government for a probe by an independent agency.
Meanwhile, in Ajmer, the family of Ganpat Ram, who succumbed to injuries sustained during the May 14 clash, in Ajmer hospital, took his body and cremated it after Ajmer inspector general of police Amrit Kalash told them that a recommendation for CBI inquiry into the incident was sent to the state government. Ganpat’s family had been staging a sit-in outside the hospital mortuary, demanding a CBI probe and compensation of Rs 20 each to the families of five Dalits killed in the clash.
The police managed to pacify the family, but there seemed to be confusion over the recommendation for CBI inquiry. While Ajmer police claimed they had sent the recommendation to the state government, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria denied receiving it. “We will forward it to the centre as soon as we receive it,” Kataria told HT.
In related developments, the Congress president has approved a fact-finding team to inquire into the Nagaur violence and raise issue of rising caste atrocities in Rajasthan. The team, comprising RS member Vijay Lakshmi Sadho, LS member Gaurav Gogoi and former Delhi minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, will visit Ajmer and Nagaur on Tuesday.
In Jaipur, Dalit students and activists staged a protest at the main gate of Rajasthan University. “We demand action against Nagaur district administration responsible for the violence,” said Pawan Verma, a student of RU.
In Ajmer, the Jats have demanded removal of Merta SDM Sohan Lal, who they said, is a Dalit. Angry with the government decision of putting Merta city deputy SP Punaram Dudi under APO (awaiting posting order) and suspension of Merta SHO Nagaram Chaudhary, both of them Jats, the community held a meeting in Dangawas and demanded the SDM’s removal.