Members of the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday held a protest in the city against BJP leader and Union minister VK Singh for his alleged remarks related to the killing of two Dalit children in Faridabad.
The protesters also tried to burn an effigy, but were stopped by the police.
“The remarks made by the minister were anti-Dalit and we demand strict action against him for making such irresponsible statements,” said Sujata Sharma, AAP Ghaziabad co-convener.
The AAP claimed that nearly 100 people participated in the protest.
“Residents also joined us. But the demonstration was stopped by the police,” said Mukesh Anand, media coordinator from AAP.
Police, meanwhile, said that there were 40 people there.
“We seized the effigy. The activists then told us that they just wanted to give a memorandum to the government and demonstrate symbolically. They dispersed soon,” said circle officer Ashish Srivastava.
Two toddlers of a Dalit family -- a nine-month-old girl and her two-and-a-half-year-old brother-- were charred after men from the upper castes allegedly set their house on fire in Faridabad’s Sunperh village.
The incident had led to widespread criticism of the Narendra Modi government for allegedly failing to control caste-related violence in the country.
Reacting to the criticism, Singh, the local MP and the minister of state for external affairs, had said criticising the Centre for the killings was akin to blaming the government for “stones thrown at dogs”.
Singh had on Thursday said local incidents couldn’t be associated with the Centre.
“For everything...like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the government is responsible...it is not like that,” he had reportedly said.
After he was criticised for the remark, Singh issued a statement, “From all indications, the horrific incident was triggered by a feud between two families. Our society is made up of many individuals and the act of every sick mind cannot be put at the door of the government, regardless of which party is in power. It does not matter who or what the political affiliations are, the perpetrators have to be dealt without mercy.”