Mirchpur Dalits get CRPF security for 2 more months
CHANDIGARH: With fear persisting in the minds of Dalits, the state government has decided to extend the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security cover provided to them in Mirchpur village of Hisar district where houses of socially-backward people were set afire five years ago.
Hisar superintendent of police Satender Kumar Gupta told TOI that the stay of the CRPF personnel had been extended by two months keeping in view the sentiments of Dalit families. He said that the CRPF jawans were scheduled to leave the village on Wednesday.
In April 2010, a large number of upper caste residents had attacked a Dalit locality in Mirchpur and burnt houses, resulting in the death of 70-year-old Tara Chand and his physically-challenged daughter Suman. The violence had broken out after a Dalit’s dog barked at youths belonging to upper castes. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had visited the village after caste violence made headlines in the national and international media.
The Dalits, especially witnesses in the cases, have been living under CRPF security cover since 2011. There are five CRPF posts in and around the village with deployment of 76 personnel near the Dalit locality. Haryana Police have also set up a post on the outskirts of Mirchpur to avert any untoward incident.
Fearing withdrawal of paramilitary forces from the village, nearly 20 Dalit families had left their homes on Tuesday night. “We don’t have faith in Haryana Police as we were attacked in the presence of cops in 2010,” said community member Birbhan Kumar and added that the extension of CRPF’s stay was a big relief.
However, members of the village-level peace committee said that the situation had turned normal. After the 2010 violence, the trial of the case was shifted to Delhi from Haryana to protect the witnesses. A Delhi court had convicted 15 persons in the matter, including awarding of life imprisonment to three accused and five- and two-year imprisonment to five and seven others respectively