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Deadlock over,govt to compensate 282 Dalit families

The minister also announced compensation for 282 Dalit families of the village.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:20:42 pm

The deadlock between members of Dalit and Ror communities in Kaithal district’s Pabnawa village ended on Thursday in the presence of Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala. The minister also announced compensation for 282 Dalit families of the village.

A tense atmosphere was prevailing in the village for the last three weeks since members of both the communities entered into a fierce clash over the wedding of a Dalit boy with a Ror. Following the clash,over 200 Dalit families had left the village fearing attacks.

Surjewala,accompanied by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sultan Singh,reached Kaithal and held meetings with members of both the communities. He first met people at his residence and then went to Pabnawa and addressed joint gatherings of the communities. Former sarpanch of the village,Om Prakash — a Ror — invited Dalits to their choupal,which was welcomed by Dalit leader Ram Swaroop.

The representatives of both communities assured Surjewala that they will live peacefully and not indulge in any sort of violence.

Surjewala,while appealing Dalits to bring back their families to the village,assured that around 80 families who been identified as the ones suffering losses in the clash will get Rs 21,000 each.

Two other families,which suffered major losses,will get Rs 51,000 and Rs 41,000 respectively.

He added: “Similarly,282 Dalit families,who could not get adequate amount of wheat because of the tense atmosphere in the village,will be given 10 quintals of wheat each. Five people have been identified,whose motorbikes were damaged in the attack — all of them will get Rs 10,000 each. A man whose autorickshaw got damaged will be given Rs 15,000. Besides,six shopkeepers,whose shops were damaged,will get Rs 1 lakh each. Three persons who sustained injuries in the attack will also get Rs 1 lakh each.”

However,Surjewala said till the time normalcy returns to the village,a police post will remain in Pabnawa.

On April 9,a Dalit boy had eloped with a Ror girl and got married against the wishes of their parents and community members. Both are currently in a shelter home in Kaithal.

“Both the communities have called it a truce in front of the minister. We hope that they keep their word. The couple is safe in police protection. There is no bar on their movement. If they want to go home,there is no restriction from our side,” said Kaithal Deputy Commissioner Chander Shekhar.

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