SC slams Haryana for not arresting Hissar culprits

Agencies Posted online: Thu Aug 26 2010, 19:09 hrs
New Delhi : The Supreme Court today directed the Haryana government to
make all possible efforts to arrest by September 10 those involved in
the murder of two Dalits and the destruction of 150 houses in Mirchpur
village, Hissar on April 21.
The violence was allegedly orchestrated by people belonging to the
upper castes.

The Court also slammed the Haryana government for its failure to
provide relief and rehabilitation measures to the affected families
and directed authorities to provide two quintal of wheat to each
affected family.

"Some people are not being arrested. They should be arrested before
the next date of hearing," a Bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and
A K Ganguly said while posting the next date of hearing for September

The apex court perused the over 100-page report submitted by the state
government in a sealed cover along with the fact-finding report
prepared by a team of lawyers representing the victims.

"We have seen the report (of state government) which is contrary to
the report of the other side," the Bench said while expressing
dissatisfaction over the steps taken by the state government and
directed it to file a fresh affidavit.

The fact-finding report submitted by senior advocte Colin Gonsalves,
who is representing the victims, said the state government failed to
keep its promise of providing adequate relief and rehabilitation.

He said in the report it is clearly mentioned that the authorities
have not properly implemented the MNREGA.

Further, the dwelling houses for Dalits in the village are made of mud
and not cement, the report said adding even the district collector did
not visit the village, and instead, only met the victims at the
Valmiki Temple in the capital where they were given shelter.

The apex court had on June 2 warned that it would "take a very serious
view" if such incidents recurred.

"Such incidents of killings are taking place for the last five years,"
the Bench said during the hearing while expressing anguish that the
administration was not doing enough.

During the previous hearing, the court had pulled up the state for its
failure to prevent the incident -- reportedly a fallout of a dog of
the (Valmiki) Dalit community barking at upper caste Jat boys. A
paraplegic girl was burnt to death, trapped inside her burning home.
Her father, who tired to save her, later succumbed to injuries.

The apex court had recorded an undertaking from the Haryana government
that it would rebuild some of the houses damaged in the arson and
provide employment to at least one member of each affected family
under the MNREGA or other government-sponsored schemes by the next

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