Villagers carried bodies of the children and placed them on the highway
Faridabad: Sanped in Haryana’s Faridabad, where the house of a Dalit family was set ablaze leading to the death of two toddlers, erupted in grief and indignation yesterday. To express their anger and protest against the gruesome murders, miffed villagers blocked the Delhi-Agra highway.
Villagers were protesting the death of two Dalit children. Pic/PTI
As the bodies of two-and-a-half-year-old Vaibhav and his 11-month-old sister Divya, wrapped in white shrouds, arrived, the village, about 35 km from the national capital, plunged into grief.
Wailing soon gave way to anger and scores of villagers, walking hand-in-hand and shouting slogans, carried the bodies and placed them on the Delhi-Agra highway, blocking traffic. As tempers ran high, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the village where he accused the Prime Minister, Haryana Chief Minister, the BJP and the RSS of practicising ‘politics of crushing’ those who are weak resulting in such incidents.
“This is an attitude shared by the Prime Minister, Chief Minister of the state and the entire BJP and RSS. The attitude is, if somebody is weak, he can be crushed. What you have seen is the result of this attitude,” Gandhi said after meeting the distraught family.
Asked whether he was doing politics over the incident, Rahul angrily retorted, “This is insulting when someone says it when someone comes here. It is not insulting to me. It is insulting to these people. What is a photo op. What you mean? People are dying. I will visit (such places) again, again and again.”
While Vaibhav and Divya perished in the blaze allegedly set off by some upper caste people from the village, who had a ongoing feud with their family, their mother Rekha (28) suffered serious burns and is battling for life at Safdarjung hospital in Delhi. Their father Jitender (31), also received injuries while trying to save them.
Faridabad: CM Manohar Lal Khattar deferred his visit to Ballabhgarh to meet the family of the kids who were burnt to death after their home was set on fire. Tension gripped Ballabhgarh after the villagers blocked the Delhi-Agra highway, placing the bodies of the children on the road and demanding the arrest of the perpetrators.
SIT to probe children’s death
Chandigarh: The Haryana government formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) yesterday to investigate the murder of Vaibhav and Divya. Seven policemen, who were part of a team deployed for the security of Dalits in the village about a year ago, after a similar attack, have been suspended. Three arrests have been made in the case, so far.