Dalit boy’s custodial death sparks controversy

2 Congress factions vying with each other over death of 23-yr-old.

Written by Express News Service | Ambala | Published:October 18, 2013 3:47 am

The custodial death of a young dalit boy,Ram Kumar,emanating from the illegal detention on theft charges,has sparked a controversy between the two factions of the Congress here. The factions are vying with each other over the death of the 23-year-old.

While the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief Phul Chand Mullana and local MLA Vinod Sharma attended the cremation of the deceased with Sharma announcing an ex-gratia grant from Rs 2 to 5 lakh,Union Minister Kumari Selja from the dissident group was quick to reach Kumar’s residence to express her condolence with the family at Ravi Dass Majri. Selja on reaching the city on Thursday also had a close door meeting with the Deputy Commissioner K Makrand Pandurang and Sub Divisional Magistrate Vinay Partap Singh at her residence.

She criticised the state government for not providing protection to the Dalits. She said that police are committing atrocities on Dalits and that the incident is one such example. She also demanded a CBI probe into this case.

Ravi Dass Majri villagers who had earlier blocked police post no. 2 on Tuesday,on Thursday demanded the kin of the deceased to be given employment in government service.

Meanwhile,on expiry of one-day police remand,the three cops —ASI Satbir Singh and constables Dalbir Singh and Parkash Chand—were produced in a court where they were further remanded in two-day police custody. Following agitation in front of police post,police had booked all the three cops for murder of Ram Kumar whose body was found on the railway track with hand cuffed and fettered.

Ram Kumar and one Vikas were illegally detained by the police on Monday night for theft charges. While the former’s body was found on the tracks on Tuesday morning,Vikas only returned home in the evening. He is at present admitted to Civil Hospital,Ambala.

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