The Delhi Police on Monday filed an Action Taken Report (ATR) in the Delhi Court for the controversial ‘dog remark’ made by Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) V.K. Singh, and stated that that no case is made out against him.
According to an ANI report, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had earlier summoned top cops in Ghaziabad, Singh’s Lok Sabha constituency, seeking a response on what action had been initiated against the former army chief’s dog remarks under the SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
The NCSC had issued summons to Haryana’s Director General of Police (DGP) and Ghaziabad’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), asking them to appear on November 2.
General VK Singh, on 22 October, had caused huge controversy with his insensitive statement making light of the gruesome murder of two dalit kids in Haryana.
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. The former army chief’s statement drew sharp criticism.
Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, had demanded a case to be filed against Singh under the SC/ST act.
However, the Delhi police had refused to file an FIR, when the AAP leaders arrived at the police station to lodge an official complaint against the union minister.
Two children succumbed to burn injuries after a house was set on fire allegedly by members of the Rajput community near Ballabhgarh, Haryana on 20 October.
The deceased Vaibhav (2 years) and Divya (10 months) died before reaching the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. Their mother Rekha (22) was admitted to the ICU with serious burns while her husband Jitender (26), a medical attendant at a hospital, escaped with minor burns on his hands.