Dalit deaths: Govt nod for CBI probe; anger mounts

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Prabhu Raz­dan prabhu.raz­dan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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Congress vi­cepres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi meets Ji­ten­der, whose chil­dren died af­ter his house was set ablaze in Farid­abad, on Wed­nes­day.

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