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Haryana DGP orders police to visit villages after Dalit deaths

As Haryana government came under fire following deaths of Dalits, including two young siblings in last few days, Haryana’s Director General of Police (DGP) Yash Pal Singal on Wednesday ordered all Deputy Superintendents of Police (who have been designated as nodal officer under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989), to tour villages across the State and sort out their grievances.

Mr. Singal was presiding over a meeting of all the 21 Deputy Superintendents of Police from all districts of the State on Wednesday regarding various issues relating to Scheduled Castes.

“If any crime under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is reported, it should be promptly registered, investigated and challan be put in the court without delay,” said Mr. Singal.

‘Peace committee’

Mr. Singal suggested police to form ‘peace committee’ in the village where there were reports of conflicts or disturbance between various communities.

Earlier in the meeting, the nodal officers briefed the DGP about the situation in their districts.

Opposition flays BJP

In Haryana, the opposition parties have been accusing the ruling BJP government of completely failing to protect Dalits.

Notably, around two weeks ago, a two-year-old boy and his 11-month-old sister of a Dalit family were burnt in Faridabad.

Last week, a 14-year-old Dalit boy in Sonepat was found hanging hours after he was picked up by the police for questioning. It was alleged that the teen was brutally beaten and had injuries all over his body.

Later a police officer was suspended.

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