New Delhi: Union Minister V.K. Singh on Thursday blamed a family feud for the burning alive of two Dalit children in Haryana and drew an analogy that if someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible.
"If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible. It was a feud between two families, the matter in under inquiry," Singh told reporters.
His comment came after two children were burnt alive while their parents were critically injured when the house of the Dalit family in Haryana's Faridabad district was set on fire on Tuesday.
"Failure of administration should not be put on government's head," he added.
Singh, however, later clarified his statement was not intended to draw an analogy between the Faridabad incident and stoning of a dog.
"My statement wasn't intended 2draw an analogy. My men & I put our lives on the line 4the nation irrespective of caste, creed & religion," he tweeted.
"As citizens of this gr8 nation v r sensitive but also responsible.Agenda of India is bigger than any single neighborhood or individual," he said in another tweet.