In Sunpedh, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar says incident not ‘caste-related’

Manohar Lal Khattar said that family's demand of CBI probe has been met and if there is any laxity on part of police, they will also not be spared.

By: Express News Service | Faridabad | Updated: October 23, 2015 9:58 am
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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday visited the family members of Jitender, whose children were burnt to death when his house was set on fire in the early hours of Tuesday in Faridabad district’s Sunpedh village .

Khattar spent about 15 minutes with the family; the gates of the Dalit family’s house remained firmly shut for ‘outsiders’ during the visit.

The chief minister was expected to meet the family on Wednesday but his visit was cancelled in the wake of protests by angry locals, who had blocked the Faridabad highway.

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Khattar also handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the grieving family.

Speaking to mediapersons later, he claimed that efforts were being made to “politicise” the incident. “We want the investigation to be conducted properly. But with great regret, I have to say that some parties are trying to politicise this incident… “ he said.

“We have agreed to the family’s demand for a CBI probe. If there is any laxity on the part of the police, they will not be spared either,” said Khattar.
The chief minister also claimed that the incident was not the result of a “caste-related dispute”. “This is not a caste-related dispute but appears to be the fallout of a long-standing family feud,” he said.

“I have been monitoring this case since the beginning… when allegations came up against police officials, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed. Later, the case was handed over to the CBI as relatives of the victim demanded that,” he said.

“The family has so far named 11 persons as perpetrators of the attack, of which seven have been arrested. On the the basis of their complaint, seven police officials have also been suspended,” said Khattar.

However, members of both the Dalit and Rajput communities protested against Khattar’s visit and raised slogans, claiming that he had “no time” to listen to their demands.

Later, the chief minister met family members of the accused, at a circuit house located on the outskirts of the village. He also met the wives of three persons who were allegedly killed last year by relatives of Jitender.

“No innocent will be targeted,” he assured them, adding that the CBI probe will reveal the truth.

Nearly 500 policemen are still deployed in the village to ensure law and order. “Apart from Ballabhgarh, personnel were also called in from as far away as Gurgaon and Ambala,” said Police Commissioner Subhash Yadav.


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  1. D
    Dara singh
    Oct 23, 2015 at 2:50 am
    There is a mind-boggling web of interconnectedness that relates one intellectual-journalist-writer-politician-bureaucrat with another intellectual-journalist-writer-politician-bureaucrat. Here is a sample: Suzanna Arundhati Roy is neice of Prannoy Roy (CEO of NDTV) Prannoy Roy is married to Radhika Roy Radhika Roy is sister of Brinda Karat (CPI(M)) Brinda Karat is married to Prakash Karat (CPI(M) — General Secretary) CPI(M)’s senior member of Politburo and Parliamentary Group Leader is Sitaram Yechury. Sitaram Yechury is married to Seema Chisthi. Seema Chisthi is the Resident Editor of Indian Express Barkha Dutt works at NDTV Rajdeep Sardesai was Managing Editor at NDTV Rajdeep Sardesai is married to Sagrika Ghose Sagarika Ghose is the daughter of Bhaskar Ghose. Bhaskar Ghose was Director General of Doordarshan. Sagarika Ghose’s aunt is Ruma Pal. Ruma Pal is former justice of Supreme Court. Sagarika Ghose’s other aunt is Arundhati Ghose. Arundhati Ghose was India’s permanent representative/ambador to United Nations. Karan Thapar’s mama (mother’s brother) is married to Nayantara Sahgal who recently set the award-returning ball rolling. Here is a complete compilation of all these usual suspects who have affiliations and relations with each other. It’s almost like a big Italian (the sorts we see in Hollywood movies) mafia family. This nexus has been quite old and it came into existence during and after the British rule and if you dig deeper, you can safely ume that this nexus existed even during the Mughal rule. If you read recent books by Kuldip Nayar, Tavleen Singh and Sanjaya Baru you will find almost every high-profile person in the Congress-Communist establishment related to each other whether it is in politics or bureaucracy or journalism.
    1. K
      Oct 23, 2015 at 3:41 am
      People have been made to think that CBI is independent and honest, they are manned by the same bunch of misfits that IPS gets, full of nepotism, caste based quota and lack of any moral or morality.
      1. Shridhar Shettigar
        Oct 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm
        Administration of a State is not a easy job..Don't expect Media will play by your rule, you should be competent enough to handle Media and opposition else make way for others in your party...
        1. M
          Oct 23, 2015 at 6:46 am
          The thoughtless rabble rousing speeches during TV debates may lead to anarchy or mayhem. The media is running a parallel judiciary with their own courtrooms , judges and lawyers. The essence of the speech does not matter. The style and presentation makes more impact. Dogs bark till they are given a bone, right?. Freedom of speech does not mean this. VK Singh has dogged in a controversy due to his speech. There are many dog analogies in our daily conversation. Narendra Modi's puppy analogy sparked a political storm in July 2013. Just after the Mumbai terror attack, the then Kerala CM VS Ahanandan heaped scorn on the family of NSG Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan by saying "Not even a dog would have looked that way had it not been Sandeep's house". There are other analogies like (1) A barking dog does not bite (2) Run with the hare and hunt with the dog (3) "A house is not a home without a dog. In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog"
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            OP BHATI,
            Nov 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm
            Our deep study revealed that 75 to 80 % of cases under SC/ST Act 1989 are falls & just being registered to humiliate /harash to high cast .This is serious concerned to all Citizens of India . We are not against the Act but request Government of India to balance the Act by adding provision of punishment to all those registration of falls case. if proved so punishment must be of double amount to the provisions made under act. How any Act can be open one sided ? we request Indian express too take up this matter. OP Bhati 91 999 080 4106
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