A day after two Dalit children were burnt alive in Haryana’s Faridabad district, the police deployment in Sunpedh village was increased.
More than 100 police personnel guarded Sunpedh village Wednesday, keeping an eye on every lane.
Earlier, a police official suspended after burning of the Dalit home, had claimed he had written twice to senior police officials for more security in the village. Senior police officials, however, have denied this.
Meanwhile, the Faridabad police and the SIT formed to investigate the killings of the Dalit children arrested another ‘Rajput’ named in the FIR.
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According to sources, Sanjay was picked up Wednesday morning from his home in Sunpedh village, just a lane behind the Dalit house that was allegedly set on fire by “upper caste Rajputs”.
“Eight police personnel have been placed under suspension for showing grave misconduct in discharging their duties and regular departmental inquiry has been initiated against them. Those who have been suspended are Sadar Ballabhgarh SHO Inspector Anil Kumar, ASI Wali Mohd, Constables Sandeep, Vikas, E/ASI Hari Singh, ESI Shri Bhagwan and Constables Satish and Ram Mehar,” said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.
A day into investigation, police sources said the Dalit family was sleeping inside a room when “some inflammable material was thrown inside”. However, the sources added no bottle or can containing “inflammable” material was found “outside the house”.
A senior police official who did not want to be named said, “Prima facie, it appears the door of the room caught fire first and then the fire spread. The police have picked up glass pieces from outside the room which was probably broken in an attempt to escape.”
The official added, “Forensic teams from Faridabad and Madhuban have collected physical clues and trace evidences, which are being examined.”
The police have locked the half-burnt door that remained closed when the room in which Jitender, his wife, Rekha, and two children were sleeping caught fire.
Following tension in the village, all shops were closed and heavy police force was deployed in the area.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ballabgarh, Bhupinder Singh said the situation in the area was tense but under control.
Commissioner of Police Subhash Yadav said, “Police are presently investigating the matter and will do it from all angles.”