The mysterious death of another dalit boy- this time a teenager- has placed already beleaguered Haryana government on the back-foot.
The death of 14-year-old Govinda has kicked off a fresh controversy in Sonipat’s Gohana police station area with parents of the victim alleging that their son was ‘murdered’ by the police.
His dead body was, however, discovered near his house on Thursday.
The police has registered an FIR against two cops, Ashok and Subhash-both Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) rank officers- after Govinda’s brother Gautam lodged a complaint.
The angry relatives and local villagers organised a road blockade and caused chaos on the railway track for several hours on Thursday.
The police said that Gautam had produced Govinda in connection with theft of pigeons from his neighbourer. Police sources claimed that both parties had also reached on a compromise after their dialogue at the police station.
“The cops had even taken Rs 10,000 as bribe also from us to release him. But they did not release him,” Gautam was quoted in local media.
The police is calling it an incident of hanging but they’ve deliberately avoided reaching any conclusions officially.
Govinda’s death follows the murder of two Dalit children, who were burnt alive on Tuesday in Haryana’s Ballabgarh district.
Later on, one of the senior cabinet ministers in the Narendra Modi government, General VK Singh, had caused an widespread outrage by likening the children’s matter to pelting stones at dogs.
The former army chief reportedly implied that the burning of dalit kids in Haryana was as small an incident as hitting a dog with stones.
“Agar koi kutte ko patthar maar de to sarkaar zimmedaar nahi hai (government can’t be responsible if someone hits a dog with stones),” he was quoted by several TV channels.
VK Singh was commenting in response to a question on the burning alive of two dalit kids in Haryana’s Ballabhgarh district last Tuesday.