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New Delhi: Days after two Dalit children were burnt alive allegedly by members of an upper caste community in Haryana’s Sun Perh village, a 14-year-old Dalit boy was found hanging near his house with wounds all over his body in the state on Thursday after being detained by police over the alleged theft of a pigeon.

Demanding action against the accused policemen and a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, Govind’s family and several others are sitting with his body on a road near their village in Sonepat district.

“Govind was charged with the theft of a pigeon by local people and then brutally thrashed by police for being a Dalit,” a member of his family reportedly said.

The police, however, claim Govind ran away and committed suicide, but a post mortem has confirmed injuries.

Govind was allegedly questioned by police on Wednesday and when his mother went to the police station to inquire about him, the policemen allegedly sought bribes. However, when she returned with the money, she was allegedly told that Govind had escaped.

“My son went to the police station himself, nothing was proved against him. The policemen asked for Rs. 5,000 from my son. He agreed but then they made a demand of 10,000 rupees,” Govind’s mother said on Friday.

While speaking to media persons, Govind’s brother said: “If someone runs away from police custody, what is the point of the police being there? In the morning, we found his dead body. They took our money and killed him.”

This comes two days after two Dalit children, two-year-old Vaibhav and nine-month-old Divya, were allegedly burnt alive by members of an upper caste community in Haryana’s Sun Perh village.

A police spokesman said, “Some criminals burnt a Jatav family of village Sun Perh, police station Sadar Ballabhgarh of Faridabad district when they were sleeping inside their house. Four members including Jitender, his wife Rekha and two small children namely Vaibhav (son) aged 2 years and Divya (daughter) aged 9 months were inside the room. Subsequently, the fire spread inside the room and both the children expired. Jitender and his wife Rekha also sustained burn injuries.”

Union Minister V K Singh on Thursday stoked a controversy while blaming a family feud for the burning alive of two Dalit children in Haryana and drew an analogy that if someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible.

“If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible. It was a feud between two families, the matter is under inquiry,” Singh told reporters.

Singh’s statement was widely condemned, forcing him to offer a clarification that he was ‘misquoted’ by media.

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Bureaucrat assault case: Dalit, Muslim MLAs targeted, says AAP

According to AAP Party, the matter is hyped just to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, Vikram Kothari and Jatin Mehta

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The whole incident is said to have taken place at Arvind Kejriwal's residence.
The whole incident is said to have taken place at Arvind Kejriwal's residence. Twitter
  • Two AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) MLA’s, Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan were arrested on Wednesday
  • Chief Secretary alleged that AAP MLAs assaulted him in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal late on Monday
  • According to AAP Party, the matter is hyped just to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, Vikram Kothari and Jatin Mehta.

Calling the alleged assault on a Delhi bureaucrat a “conspiracy”, the AAP on Wednesday said that its two MLAs — Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan — were arrested in the case without any inquiry because they belonged to the minority communities of Dalits and Muslims.

Based on the allegation of assault made by Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, the two were arrested without being given a chance to state their version, senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh told the media.

“We have the video footage of what happened at Delhi Secretariat yesterday (Tuesday) when our Minister and his Personal Secretary were attacked by a mob that was incited by the BJP but nothing has been done about it.

Also Read: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

“Words of the Chief Secretary are being treated as gospel truth,” he said, adding the top bureaucrat was making “false” allegations.

Sanjay Singh alleged that provocative speeches were given outside the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday that led to the commotion and beating up of Minister Imran Hussain and his Personal Secretary Himanshu Singh.

According to AAP Party, the matter is hyped just to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, Vikram Kothari and Jatin Mehta.
According to AAP Party, the matter is hyped just to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, Vikram Kothari and Jatin Mehta. Wikimedia Commons

He said under the BJP’s rule in various states, Dalits and Muslims were victims of communal violence.

The Chief Secretary, who has alleged that AAP MLAs assaulted him in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal late on Monday, would have called the police immediately after the incident if he was actually assaulted, the AAP leader said.

“Anybody physically assaulted by someone would immediately call the police. Why didn’t the Chief Secretary do so? The next morning he started making these allegations against our MLAs.

Also Read: Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

On Monday, an emergency meeting was convened to address the issue of 250,000 families who were deprived of food rations due to faulty implementation of Aadhaar.

“I know the conversation that was happening at CM’s residence on the issue of people not getting ration turned into an argument… there was a heated argument but no physical attacks were made.”

Asking why the Chief Secretary’s injury report wasn’t prepared by a doctor on the same day, Sanjay Singh said: “The medico-legal certificate is coming today when the incident happened three days back.”

Today Amanatullah Khan surrendered before the police.
Today Amanatullah Khan surrendered before the police. Facebook

Stressing that this was a BJP-led Central government’s conspiracy against the AAP, Sanjay Singh said: “To be associated with AAP is considered to be a crime by the Centre.

“AAP is always the soft target. The government now wishes to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, (Vikram) Kothari, Jatin Mehta and that is why this thing was brought up.” (IANS)