Tension in Haryana’s Hisar after Dalit-Jat spat

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HISAR - Tension prevailed in the Surya Nagar area of this Haryana district Tuesday after stray incidents of violence following a dispute between the members of the Dalit and Jat communities, police said.

“Yesterday (Monday) night a buffalo, belonging to a member of Dalit community, collided with a vehicle that was owned by a Jat youth. At that time there were some heated arguments but the situation was somehow controlled,” a police official said.

“Today (Tueday), the members of these communities again resorted to violence to settle the dispute. Some miscreants also fired gunshots and four people were admitted in the hospitals with injuries,” he added.

District police chief Subash Yadav also visited the area, where heavy police force has been deployed.

“We are keeping a close tab on the situation and police is ready to tackle any kind of emergency,” the official added.

Nearly two months ago, Dalits of Mirchpur village in the district, 300 km from Chandigarh, were targeted by Jats and as many as 150 families were driven out of the village after an arson attack on their homes.

A 70-year-old man and his 18-year-old physically challenged daughter were killed and at least 18 houses were damaged in the attack.

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