Hisar village tense after 3 hurt in fight over Dalit well
Hisar: Threat of communal tension hung over this district’s Singhwa Khas village after a family barged into its Ravidas temple to capture an old wonky well and left three Dalit youths injured.
A team from the National Alliance for Dalit Human Rights reached the village and got a police force deployed. At the Bass police station, a case was registered on the complaint of villager Sudhir against one Jasbir, his son, Rahul, and wife under sections 323 (causing hurt voluntarily), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (common intent in crime) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Act.
Sudhir claims that on the night of June 7, he was outside the temple when the three accused assaulted him and abused his caste, and fled when he raised an alarm. He lay there overnight and, in the morning, his family moved him to hospital. Sunil and Pawan of the same community were injured in the clash and police have recorded their statements.
Dr Ambedkar Hitkari Sangathan president Jogender Singh said: “Many years ago, the panchayat gave the SC community 9 kanals and 11 marlas for the Ravidas temple. On this land, the community built Dr Ambedkar Library and a park as well. The complex has two ancient, dilapidated wells, of which a particular caste lays its rights on one and the other communities support that.”
To take possession of this well, a particular community had lodged a complaint with the panchayat department, forcing the block development panchayat officer (BDPO) to come over on Monday to inquire. During his tour, Sunil, Sudhir, and Pawan told the officer about the temple, library, and park. They say that when the officer left, the community that laid claim to the well attacked them.
Advocate Rajat Kalsan of the National Alliance for Dalit Human Rights said some villagers had called him up to report tension, so he had gathered members of the Scheduled Castes in the chaupal and educated them about the protections available in law. He asked the Hansi police to send a force to the village, and it came in the evening.
Advocates Deepak Saini and Malkit Singh, besides villagers Ajay Bhatla and Jora Singh, Jogendra Singh, Sundar, Prakash, Dalveer, Bharat Singh, Bhagat Singh, Savitri, Misron, Rajendra Singh, Ashwani, Rajesh, Ramphal, Satish, Rajkumar, Sombir, Sandeep, Pappu, Sunita, Santosh, Geeta, Bhateri attended this chaupal meeting. Hansi superintendent of police Nikita Gehlot confirmed the incident and the FIR, adding that the village was now peaceful.
Courtesy : TNN