Two kids killed as Dalit home set on fire in Faridabad
Faridabad: Two children
of a Dalit family were killed and their parents received serious burns after
their house was set on fire in Faridabad’s Sonped village in the early hours of
Tuesday. According to the police, nine people belonging to the upper-caste
Thakur community were responsible for the attack.
The attack prompted
Home Minister Rajnath Singh to call Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
“The Home Minister asked the CM to ensure peace and make sure such incidents
don’t recur in the future,” an official said. The Ministry has also sought a
report from the state administration.
Jitender (27), a
registered medical practitioner, his wife Rekha (24) and their two children,
Vaibhav (2) and Divya (1), were inside the house when it was set on fire.
The couple has been
admitted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. In a statement to the police, Jitender
named a few people from his village in connection with the attack.
According to the
police, Tuesday’s incident is suspected to be a fallout of last year’s clashes
between Jitender’s family members and the family of Balwant, a resident of the
same village. Eleven of Jitender’s relatives — his brother, uncles and cousins
— allegedly murdered three of Balwant’s relatives in 2014, following which an
FIR (No. 299) was lodged against them at Sadar Ballabhgarh police station. All
11 were subsequently arrested. “All of them are still in jail and are facing
trial on murder charges,” the Station House Officer at Sadar Ballabhgarh
Police have booked
several people for Tuesday’s incident.
“All the accused belong
to the Thakur community and are on the run. We are monitoring the situation and
hope to nab them soon,” a senior Haryana police officer said.
General of Police Y P Singal said, “Our people have reached the village. Heavy
deployment of police force has been made to avert any clashes. A house was set
on fire allegedly by members of Rajput families this morning. Two children have
died. Today’s incident was a fallout of last year’s incident, wherein three
Rajputs were murdered in the same village. In that case, we had arrested 11
persons. Further investigations are on. The accused shall be arrested soon.”
(With inputs from agencies)