Thursday, November 20, 2003

Haryana pays relief to Jhajjar victims' kin

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 19: More than a year after five Dalits were lynched by a mob at Dulina in Jhajjar district, the Haryana government has paid Rs 5 lakh each to their families and gave jobs to the victims' dependents.

The Haryana government's move comes in the wake of the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC's) recommendations in the case.

Earlier, the state had paid Rs 1 lakh as ex-gratia relief to the families of the victims, who had been lynched in the presence of senior district and police officials on October 15, 2002.

The NHRC, while reviewing the action taken by the government on its recommendations, held that the state government had permanently stopped two increments to 11 police personnel and initiated disciplinary inquiry against five others.

These officials had apparently failed to act while the mob mistook the Dalits of having killed a cow and burnt them alive inside a police station. The Commission has asked the state to produce the inquiry report against the five officials. In a release issued by it on Wednesday, the National Human Rights Commission said it would continue to monitor the case.

Source: The Indian Express, November 20, 2003


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