Dalit children burnt alive:NCSC summons top Faridabad Police Commissioner, admin officials

Faridabad(PTI): The National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) has summoned the police commissioner and the deputy commissioner (district magistrate) of Faridabad in the wake of the incident in Sanped village, where a dalit family was burnt alive leading to the death of two toddlers. “The Faridabad police commissioner and the administrative officer (deputy commissioner), have been summoned in connection with Sanped village incident, on October 26,” NCSC Chairman PL Punia said.

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Two children of a Dalit family in Sanped village in Faridabad (Haryana) were burnt alive while their parents suffered injuries allegedly after some persons from upper caste set their house afire while they were asleep inside it at around 2.30 AM on October 20. Two-and-half-year-old Vaibhav and his 11-month-old sister Divya were killed while their mother Rekha, 28, and father Jitender, 31, sustained burn injuries when the attackers allegedly poured petrol from the window of their house setting it ablaze.

The NCSC Chairman, who had visited Sanped village after the incident came to light yesterday, said, “it was unfortunate that the official machinery supported rich and powerful at the cost of oppressed.”

Punia hoped that the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014, which has been passed by the Lok Sabha but is yet to be cleared by Rajya Sabha will change things in favour of Dalits and oppressed preventing Sunped-like incidents. “The Bill is yet to be passed by Rajya Sabha. It provides for time-bound disposal of cases of atrocities against dalits and tribal people, in three months, through establishing special courts,” he said.

11 persons, including a father-son duo, have been booked on murder, rioting and other charges in connection with the incident, a Faridabad police spokesman said. Meanwhile, police resorted to mild cane charge on the protesting locals to clear the link highway.

The bodies of the toddlers were also lifted from the road. The family agreed to carry out last rites of the children, who died in the fire on the early hours of October 20. Meanwhile, all the four accused– Balwant, Dharm Singh, Sanjay and Kartar were remanded in two days police custody by a court here.