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Hooda orders CBI probe
Compensation for Gohana victims hiked to Rs 1 lakh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 5
Succumbing to mounting pressures, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today ordered a CBI probe into the attacks on Dalits in Gohana and enhanced the compensation to the victims to Rs 1 lakh.

The country’s premier investigative agency would not only probe the burning down of houses of Dalits in Gohana village, but also the murder of Baljit Siwatch, which led to the caste violence, and also probe the complicity of officials in the incident.

Terming the violence as “pre-planned,” Mr Hooda said the CBI would look into all aspects to find the truth and urged political parties not to take political mileage out of the incident.

‘’Let me assure everyone that no culprit will be spared, no matter what his caste, political affiliation or status,’’ the Chief Minister told a news conference here after meeting MLAs and Dalit leaders from Haryana and Delhi.

The legislators demanded the immediate arrest of BJP MP’s Krishan Singh Sangwan’s son and brother, booked for the murder.

The Chief Minister also increased the interim compensation to Rs 1 lakh from Rs 50000 announced on Sunday. The State Government had initially declared relief of Rs 5,000. He said this would be in addition to the “full compensation” to be paid to the victims for the loss of property.

“Full repair of houses would be done by the PWD irrespective of the cost and all affected household items would be compensated fully, irrespective of the cost,” he clarified.

Mr Hooda said eight families had been provided Rs 50,000 as compensation so far and they would also be paid the additional compensation.

On the progress of the murder case, the Chief Minister said of the seven persons named in the FIR four persons had been arrested and the police was making efforts to arrest the others also.

On the burning down of Dalit houses in Gohana, the names of 23 persons figured in the FIR and so far four pesons has been arrested, he said.

In a move to instill confidence amongst the people, especially the Dalits in the area, Mr Hooda said the District Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and DSP of the area had been removed and new officials had assumed duties.

Police posts had been set up near the location of the incident to provide security to Dalit families, he said, adding that most of the families had returned to their houses.



Dalit mahapanchayat for Hooda’s dismissal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 5
A mahapanchayat of Dalits was held here today in the backdrop of the recent Gohana violence in which 50 houses belonging to Dalits were torched. It demanded immediate dismissal of Hooda government in Haryana for its alleged failure to prevent the incident and award a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for each of the affected families.

The mahapanchayat, which was held under the aegis of the Akhil Bhartiya Valmiki Samaj and attended by thousands of people from Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi and other states, demanded a CBI probe into the violence.

Demanding that criminal proceedings against the DCo and the SP of the district should be launched for their alleged failure to control the situation, the mahapanchayat leaders threatened that if their demands were not met by September 18, they would hold a big rally against the Congress in Rohtak, where a byelection was scheduled on that day.

“That we want is justice. The government must ensure such an incident should not be repeated anywhere in India, he said. Two MLAs, Hariram Valmiki (Haryana) and Brahma Singh (Delhi), said they would quit from their respective Assembly seats if justice was not done to the affected Dalits.


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