House panel slams Haryana police

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

New Delhi, August 31, 2010First Published: 00:39 IST(31/8/2010)
Last Updated: 00:41 IST(31/8/2010)

A parliamentary panel on Monday slammed the Haryana police for its
"negligent attitude and inaction" on the issue of atrocities against
Dalits in Mirchpur village of Hisar district in April. A 60-year-old
Dalit and his handicapped daughter were burnt alive and 18 houses were
set on fire allegedly by Jats on April 21 following a scuffle between
the two communities.

The parliamentary panel rap for the police comes four days after the
Supreme Court had slammed the state government, for its failure to
arrest all the accused.

"The negligence and lackadaisical attitude of the state police in
apprehending and taking proper action against all the accused justify
the fear psychosis that has engulfed the affected people," said the
Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, in its
report presented to both Houses of Parliament.

The panel, which visited Mirchpur, concluded that the dominant Jat
community continues to threaten the Dalits.

"During interaction with affected people, the committee was informed
that they were being asked by the dominant Jat community to withdraw
the FIRs filed against the culprits," the report said.

The Congress brass had taken the issue seriously and party general
secretary, Rahul Gandhi, had visited Mirchpur on April 30.

A rattled state government had swung into action. It announced a
compensation of R20 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rone lakh
damages to those whose houses were burnt. It also informed the SC on
Thursday that 52 accused had been arrested and 71 others were yet to
be arrested.

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