The Hush Post: Twenty accused have been sentenced life imprisonment in the killing of a 70-year-old Dalit and his physically-challenged daughter in Mirchpur killings in Haryana. The convicts have been given seven days time to surrender.
The incident took place in April 2010 when people from the dominant Jat community set ablaze victim Tara Chand`s house, which caused his death on April 21. His physically-challenged daughter Suman also died around the same time. The incident took place after a dispute between Jat and Dalit communities of the village.
The accused were booked under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled
Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The penal provisions, with which the accused were charged, related to the offences of murder, rioting, making unlawful assembly, promoting enmity between different communities, physical assault, creating mischief and damaging public property, besides the conspiracy to commit the crime.
Earlier, the court had on March 11 this year framed charges against 98 men for the killing of the Dalit father-daughter duo, terming the dominant Jat community as “aggressor” and Dalits as “sufferers” in the incident.
After the incident, about 130 families of the total 250 families had migrated out of the village fearing persecution. The allegations are that none of the successive governments in Haryana helped the families who migrated out of the village settle them in their village.