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CBI registers case into killing of two Dalit children in Haryana, visits village for probe

CBI registers case into killing of two Dalit children in Haryana, visits village for probe

Facing immense pressure, Haryana government had agreed for CBI probe into Faridabad caste violence case.

Faridabad: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case into the killing of two Dalit toddlers in Ballabhgarh village in Faridabad. A family of four was set on fire including- one child aged 11-month-old and the other who was 2.5-year-old. While the children succumbed to their injuries, the children's mother sustained serious injuries and the father suffered serious burns.

Meanwhile, a CBI team along with a team of forensic experts visited the village where the horrific crime took place earlier in October. The team headed by a DIG level officer is in the process of understanding the circumstances of the incident.

Facing immense pressure, Haryana government had agreed for CBI probe into Faridabad caste violence case. " The case was about the enmity between two families. The CM has appealed not to politicise the issue," PRO of Haryana CM, Amit Arya said.

CBI has registered a case of murder against 11 persons in connection with the killing of two children in an alleged arson attack in Sunped village in Haryana on October 20. CBI sources said as per the laid down procedure, the agency has taken over the investigation in the FIR registered by the local police which had named 11 persons in the case.

In the wee hours of October 20, some upper caste persons had allegedly poured petrol from the window and set ablaze the house of Jitender, a dalit, in which his wife Rekha, 28, suffered serious burn injuries while Vaibhav, who was two-and-a-half years old, and his sister, 11-month-old Divya, perished in the fire.

Jitender, 31, also received injuries while trying to save them, the sources said. The woman is still in critical condition in Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi.

The local police has registered a case against Sunped resident Balwant and his son Dharm Singh besides nine others under IPC sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object).

Others named in the FIR include Jagat, Edal, Naunihal, Joginder, Sooraj, Akash, Aman, Sanjay, and Desh Raj of the same village.

An SIT was constituted by the district administration under DCP PC Pawar. As the incident sparked outrage in the country, Haryana Government decided to go for a CBI probe. The CBI team was accompanied by DCP Pawar, ACP Vishnu Dayal and ACP Gajendra Singh.

first published:October 29, 2015, 15:07 IST