Dalit deaths: Govt nod for CBI probe; anger mounts
SUNPERH (BALLABGARH): Grief boiled over into anger on Wednesday in a Haryana village where two Dalit children were burnt alive as villagers blocked the Delhi-Agra highway, forcing the government to agree to their demand for a central probe into the killing.
The children, aged nine months and two-and-a-half years, were cremated in the evening with a bevy of politicians in attendance, after hours of protests forced chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to cancel a scheduled visit to Sunperh village in Faridabad district.
The cremation capped a tense stand-off after two men placed the children’s bodies — wrapped in white shrouds — on the highway as the grief-stricken family refused to cremate them and about 1,000 people shouted slogans against the government.
Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi meets Jitender, whose children died after his house was set ablaze in Faridabad, on Wednesday.