Tension grips Yamunanagar village after three vehicles of Dalits torched

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: May 04, 2015 00:08 IST

Tension gripped Tigra village of Yamunanagar district after unknown persons allegedly torched three vehicles belonging to Dalits in an alleged cast clash on Saturday night.

According to information, two auto-rickshaws and a car were set afire near the Dalit basti. The police have, however, denied that any house was torched. The situation remained tense and heavy police reinforcements were rushed to the village, 10km from district headquarters, on Sunday.

Tension had been brewing in the village for past few days between two communities over the construction of a sports stadium on the village common land. Both communities are at loggerheads for the past one-and-a- half year.

The incident occurred a few hours after a compromise was reached between the two communities on Saturday evening.

A member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) told Hindustan Times on Sunday that he apprehended that people with vested interests were behind the incident.

"After hours of deliberations, both the communities agreed for an amicable solution on Saturday evening. It is a visible handiwork of unsocial elements who are trying to derail the peace process," said Singh, who was instrumental in striking a compromise between the two communities in the presence of the Yamunanagar district administration.

Members of both the communities had also clashed in September last year over the issue in which several persons were injured.
The Dalits wanted the land for construction of houses while members of a dominant class were in the favour of constructing a stadium. A case regarding the construction of the stadium is pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Meanwhile, the district administration officials remained engaged in holding talks with members of both the communities for a peaceful solution on Sunday.

Inspector general of police (IGP), Karnal range, Hanif Qureshi said adequate police force had been deployed in the village.

"No person or house was targeted. A case has also been registered and our priority is to ensure peace in the village," said Qureshi.

"Also, a peace committee comprising members of both the communities that had amicably resolved the issue on Saturday night has been revived," he said. NCSC member Ishwar Singh had intervened and both sections of the society had claimed to have resolved the issue, he said.

A statement issued by the Yamunanagar district administration on Saturday night said that both communities had agreed on constructing a stadium at the earmarked place.

"At the meeting convened by NCSC member Ishwar Singh, it was mutually agreed that the Tigra gram panchayat will give 1.25 acres of land each to both sections for the construction of their respective community centres. Also, it was mutually agreed that both communities would withdraw their criminal complaints against each other and harmony would be ensured," reads the official communiqué issued by the administration on Saturday.

Also, a proposal to upgrade a temporary police post at Tigra on the permanent basis with enhanced police force was mooted by both the communities.

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