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Faridabad: 2 children of Dalit family burnt alive, parents injured

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Last updated on: October 20, 2015 15:32 IST
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Two children of a Dalit family were on Tuesday burnt alive and their parents suffered injuries allegedly after some persons from upper caste set their house afire while they were sleeping.

The shocking incident occurred at around 2.30 am at Sunped village on the outskirts of Delhi, the police said, adding two persons have been arrested.

Eleven persons, including a father-son duo, have been booked on murder, rioting and other charges, a police spokesman said. Vaibhav, who was two-and-a-half years old, and his sister, 11-month-old Divya, died after the attackers allegedly poured petrol from the window and set the house ablaze while the family was sleeping inside.

A religious programme was being held nearby in the village at that time.

Their mother Rekha, 28, suffered serious burns and has been referred to Delhi for treatment while their father Jitender, 31, too suffered injuries while trying to save his family.

Concerned over the attack on the Dalit family, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Khattar over phone asking him to ensure security to everyone and prevent any recurrence of such incident, officials said in Delhi.

The Union Home ministry also sought a report from the state administration.

A compensation of Rs 10 lakh has been announced for the family by the Haryana government, state officials said. Jitender alleged that the attackers were from Rajput caste and the family had a confrontation with them over a murder in October after which a case had been registered.

"We were sleeping when they poured petrol from the window. I smelt the petrol and tried to wake up my wife but by then the fire had started. They locked the door from outside.

My children died in the fire...," said an inconsolable Jitender.

"They had threatened that they will finish my family, that I should never return to the village... I won't but please give me back my children," he said.

The incident has led to tension in the area and security has been tightened. Subhash Yadav, commissioner of police of Faridabad, reached the village and is monitoring the situation.

"Sunped resident Balwant and his son Dharm Singh are among 11 persons booked under Indian Penal Code 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).

"Two persons have been arrested," the police spokesman said.

An SC/ST Commission team met the victims' family and assured them that they will get justice.

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