Thursday, December 12, 2002

Jhajjar lynching: Magistrate transferred

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 11: Two months after five dalits were lynched to death in Jhajjar's Dulina village, the Haryana Government has transferred Jhajjar city magistrate Rajpal Singh indicted by the one-man inquiry commission into the incident ''for not performing his duty properly.''

The state government had accepted the report of the Rohtak Divisional Commissioner R.R. Banswal on Sunday.

It had also decided to take action against erring officials who were deputed for controlling the situation.

Banswal, in his inquiry report prepared after he examined a number of witnesses, members of bereaved families and executive magistrates, had indicted six policemen besides the executive magistrate and other administrative officers.

Rajpal Singh was among the 14 Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers transferred yesterday.

Meanwhile, I.D. Swami, Union Minister of State for Home, today stuck to his guns that the killing of five dalits in Haryana on Dussera was an 'incident' and Haryana was least effested by the communal and casteist tensions.

Swami, who hails from Haryana, had come in for attack by his own partymen like Sangh Priya Gautam and allies like DMK for his reply on the incident in the Rajya sabha today. Members accused the minister of ''shielding the Haryana government on the killings.''

The five men were lynched to death by a frenzied mob on October 15 after they allegedly skinned a cow. Congress and Haryana Vikas Party have rejected the Banswal Commission report and are demanding a fresh inquiry by an independent agency.

Source: The Indian Express, December 12, 2002

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