Updated: February 1, 2017 6:11:01 am
AS MANY as 40 Dalit families have planned to leave Mirchpur village after a fresh clash in the village leaving six of them injured. The Dalits on Tuesday moved to Hisar to meet senior officers.
The latest incident has brought back memories of a bitter caste clash of 2010 when the houses of couple of Dalits were set on fire and a Dalit and his differently abled daughter were burnt alive.
The CRPF troops were withdrawn only last month (December last year) from the village after providing protection to the Dalits for six years. The security of the Dalits was handed over to the local police.
Hisar SP Rajender Kumar Meena told The Indian Express that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the latest incident while five others have been rounded up. Meena said five of the injured suffered minor injuries while the sixth has been admitted in Agroha Medical College.
“It was not a clash between upper castes and Dalits. One among the accused is a Dalit. They are from 3-4 castes,” he added.
A Dalit youth, Sanjay Kumar, told the Indian Express on Tuesday that they had decided to leave the village. “We want employment to each of the Dalit families and their rehabilitation in Hisar,” said Kumar.
The latest clash occurred on Monday night when the villagers were watching a cycle stunt show. It is alleged that a some persons present there passed a ‘caste-related’ comment on a Dalit youth who had won a race organised in the village. The accused men allegedly attacked the Dalits when they objected to the comment.
After the incident, a large number of Dalits gathered in front of the Mirchpur police post to hold a demonstration against the police. Hisar Deputy Commissioner Nikhil Gajraj and Superintendent of Police along with police force reached the village to meet the victims.
The local administration deployed additional police force in the village to avoid any untoward incident apart from transferring the in-charge of Mirchpur police post.
The accused have been booked under section 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Panel Code and under the provisions of the SC/ST Act in Narnaund Police Station.
A 70 year-old Dalit, Tara Chand, along with his differently abled daughter Suman, 18, were killed during the attack on their houses by the upper caste men in Mirchpur village of Hisar district on April 21, 2010. The incident had taken place after a Dalit’s dog had barked at upper caste youths and one of them had thrown a stone at the dog. A commission set up to probe the violence had blamed the police for failing in its duty to act swiftly.
The latest incident happened despite a 20-member peace committee formed after the 2010 incident to maintain harmony in the village.
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