A “physically challenged” Dalit girl, Suman, 18, and her 70-year-old father, Tara Chand, were killed as a mob set afire over 15 houses belonging to members of the Dalit community in Mirchpur village of Haryana's Hisar district on Wednesday.

The Inspector-General of Police (Hisar Range), the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police (Hisar) were camping in the village. Tara Chand, who sustained 90 per cent burns, died at the Civil Hospital in Hisar.

According to reports reaching the State headquarters here, there was a “dispute'' between boys belonging to the Jat community and the Dalits two days ago over some “trivial'' issue.

The community leaders assembled on Wednesday to resolve the issue. However, the “conflict'' aggravated and members of the two communities hurled stones at each other.

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