Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Officials found guilty of being spectators as mob lynched (dalits)

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 9: Taking cognizance of the inquiry report in the Jhajjar Dalit lynching case, the Haryana government has decided to chargesheet the cops and administrative officials who have been found guilty of ''not taking appropriate and timely action.''

Rohtak Divisional Commissioner R.R. Bansal's report has mentioned these officials and police as mere spectators to the incident. Those who were present at the time of incident and will be chargesheeted for failing to take action include duty magistrate Rajpal Singh, DSP Narendra Singh, SHO Jhajjar Rajinder Singh, Incharge Dulina Police Post Dharambir, BDPO S.P. Singh, Naib Tehsildar Shyam Lal and two ASIs.

''The drama started at 6:15 pm and ended at 10:30 pm. Many government officials were present. More than investigation, it is a matter of record,'' Banswal told The Indian Express.

The state government would soon ascertain responsibility of other officials and employees present on the occasion and their cases would be referred to their departments for further action.

The report has observed that additional police reached the spot late which allowed the mob to lynch the Dalits and escape. The report, however is silent on the role of the Deputy Commissioner and SSP.

Banswal prepared his report after examining a number of witnesses including members of the bereaved families, police personnel, executive magistrates and the public.

Police were also accused of giving sufficient time to the public to assemble at the police post though they had sufficient time to shift the five who were beaten badly by the mob to a safer place or to a hospital for medical aid.

Police officers failed to defuse the situation. When the lynching occurred, the mob had between 1,000 and 1,500 people whereas the police force had 71 personnel till 9.20 pm and 145 at 10.10 pm, the report states.

They did not inform the SP about the requirement of safety/preventive measures at the police post. They also did not inform the district heads, including the DC and the SP, Jhajjar, about the real cause of concern.

As per post-mortem reports, the cause of death of Kailash was burns and injuries which were ante-mortem in nature and the cause of death of the other four was shock and haemorrhage due to ante-mortem injuries.

Source: The Indian Express, December 10, 2002

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