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Court releases sarpanch accused of Dalit atrocity

punjab Updated: Jan 04, 2014 21:22 IST
HT Correspondent

A local court on Saturday released Chaura sarpanch Rajinder Khurana, accused in a Dalit atrocity case, on bail.

A polygraph test was conducted on him on Friday.

Earlier in the day, villagers locked various block level government offices at Ghraunda town in protest. Being Saturday, the offices were non-functional.

A batch of 11 sarpanches, who were on a fast on Saturday, also tried to lock the main gate of the police station.

The administration had deployed heavy posse of police in the town and did not allow the sarpanches to come near the gate.

The villagers staged a protest outside the police station and raised slogans, demanding withdrawal of criminal case against Khurana.

Meanwhile, the superintendent of police (SP) Shashank Anand told Hindustan Times that during the polygraph test, the accused sarpanch cooperated with the investigators.

“There was a consistency in his statements furnished to the police and during the test. But he has not been given a clean chit as a special investigation team (SIT) is still probing the matter,” the SP said.
It was alleged that Shivam, belonging to Scheduled Caste community, was subjected to humiliation by the Chaura sarpanch in November.

Anand said that an audio clipping submitted by Shivam's family would be sent to the forensic laboratory for examination. The clipping allegedly contains the voice of accused villagers, including the sarpanch for causing humiliation to the deceased and his father.

“We will take voice samples of sarpanch and other accused to check the veracity of the audio clip,” he said.
The SP said that Shivam was a well built youth and he stood second in marathon organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here on September 29, 2013.

“We are investigating the case from all angles,” he said.