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Social tension between Dalits and Jats on the rise in Mirchpur
The dalits are demanding that they may be allotted land at Hisar stating that in the village they fear attack from the Jats who are pressing them to withdraw the criminal cases registered in connection with burning death of two Dalits.
THE VISIT of Parliamentary Committee for welfare of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes  at Mirchpur village in Hisar district of Haryana to assuage the heart feelings  of dalits  recently  has further widened the  tension between dalits and jats which may have long term remifications   on social fabric of the state.
Mirchpur village has become epicentre of caste tension following  clash between both the communities which resulted in burning of few houses of dalits by jats and burning alive of aged dalit Tara Chand and his polio ridden girl Suman.
Jats were agitated as the committe members only listned to the viewpoint of dalits and  when their repeated efforts  peacefully  to put their version failed they inluding  a large number of females laid before their air conditioned bus in which they were going back to Delhi.
Drama continued for about ten minutes and  ultimately on persuation of a scribe  D.Raja , member of the committee  came down from the bus and received a memorandum from them. The committee members asked them to come to Hisar to to  put their viewpoint  which they refused .The  thirteen members of the  thirty member committee  headed by  Gobinda Chandera Nasker  spent about three hours in the village  meeting the  victims . They visited the house of  Tarachand  where his wife Kamla told them that  although they have got compensation  and her  three sons have got government job  but even then they feel insecure in the village fearing attack from the powerful Jats.
Earlier  the committee members had refused to listen to jats on the plea that they have come to listen to victims. Many persons  of the village belonging to both dalit and jat communities shared with  this scribe that tension was easing  in the village  but the frequent visit of politicians is spoiling the atmosphere.
Even Swrrop Singh president of the peace conmmittee constituted by the govrnment comprising representatives of both the communites did not turn up to meet the committee members   as he was reprotedly advised by some politician who do not want that peace should prevail in the village. Jats  complain that everybody   be the Union Minister  Kumari Selja ,  All India Congress  Committee General-Secretary Rahul Gandhi or chief minister  Bhupinder Singh Hooda who had visited the village met only dalits.
The  police had tough  job in keeping  media at bay. Team members  gave dressing down to Haryana, Director  General of Police Ranjeev Dalal  when he tried to reply their queries  from the victims asking him to keep quiet and the victims  shuould be allowed to speak. Later Dalal  directed his   team not to go so close to  team members least they  got  offended. But the  cops  failed to keep media particularly  electronic media  at bay despite  their best efforts.
Hisar  Deputy Commissiner  Yudhavir Khayliya who has taken over only last fortnight  was heard boasting before the committee members that after his taking over as reins of  the district there is complete peace  in the village and dalits are feeling  secure. Jats  also blamed media particularly electronic media  for not giving  their  point of view  and giving  only one sided version of the incident.  They are demanding  C.B.I.enquiry into the incident whereas the Haryana Government  has ordered judicial enquiry.
Politial  observeros  feel that  had Union Tourism  Minister Kumari Selja  and chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda jointly toured the area then situation would have come under control.
The dalits are demanding that they may be allotted land at Hisar   stating  that in the village they fear attack from the  Jats who are pressing them to withdraw the criminal cases registered in connection with burning alive of Tara Chand and  his polio ridden daughter  Suman  whereas jats allege that  the Police has arrested several innocnet youth under pressure  from the dalits. Kumari  Selja  during her visit  to Mirchpur  has added fuel to fire by promising dalits that they will be allotted plots at Hisar.
In fact on her directions the district administration has even started the paper work . This demand was outrightly rejected by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda  .  Haryana 's Health Minister Geeta Bhukal protege of Hooda and belonging to dalit community  even  publically fired Selja for advocating the demand of allotment of plots at Hisar.
If  this tension is not controlled then it may  escalate  causing  major  law and  problem in the state. The committee chairman  told this scribe that they have seen the actual  situation prevailing in the village and  had interactions with the affected people as well as the state administration  and will  lay report in this regard  in the Parliament during the ensuing monsoon session.
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