VK Singh gets clean chit from Delhi Police
The Delhi Police while giving a clean chit to VK Singh- the Union minister of state for external affairs, said that his hyped dog remark was not "specifically derogatory and humiliating" to warrant prosecution. The police also told the court that no cognizable crime had been committed. Satya Prakash Gautam who had filed the complaint said the clean chit was "false and baseless".
2 Dalit children (2 years and 9 months old) were burnt alive, while their mother is critical with burn injuries. The fire was caused by upper caste Rajputs who allegedly set fire to the family's house in Sunpedh, in Faridabad near Delhi, killing the sleeping children. Police said the attack was a result of revenge, born out of an ongoing family feud.
In the wake of the burning of 2 Dalit children in Faridabad, the government suspended seven policemen for lapse of duty. They had been deployed for the security of Dalits in the area. Reports claimed that the suspended policemen had been stationed after an attack much like this one had taken place in Sun Perh village near Ballabgarh almost a year ago.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed concern over the killing in a telephonic conversation with the chief minister Khattar. He also sought a report from the state administration and asked it to make sure that such an event did not repeat itself. Haryana CM Khattar also expressed shock over the incident while announcing a financial assistance of Rs.10 lakh for the greiving family.
The police booked 11 people slapping Indian Penal Code (IPC) and SC/ST Act on them related to the incident. In Chandigarh, Haryana government spokesman said that 3 accused Balwant, Dharam Singh and Kartar of Ballabgarh had been arrested. Meanwhile, the villagers had blocked the Ballabgarh-Faridabad highway in protest. The protesters had even kept the bodies of the two children killed, on the road.
Hearing about the attacks, CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi rushed to be by the side of the family. CM Khattar was also expected to reach out to the family.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi slammed PM Modi and Haryana CM Khattar, saying that its was the attitude of Centre and the Haryana government that led to the incident. He further said "Modi government has no time to hear the poor." He also blasted BJP for terming his visit to the Faridabad village, where two Dalit children were burnt alive as a mere photo opportunity.
Union Minister Gen VK Singh on commenting upon the death of the children said that the onus did not fall upon the government. He said "if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the Central Government is responsible...it is not like that." Instantly the opposition demanded his resignation and a case was registered against him for his "casteist" and "inhumane" remarks.
VK Singh had later tweeted his clarification saying his comments had been "trivialised" and that his "statement wasn't intended 2draw an analogy. My men & I put our lives on the line 4the nation irrespective of caste,creed & religion."
To calm the uproar over VK Singh's controversial 'dog' comment, the Centre delivered a strict message through Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He said that "Ministers must be careful while making statements. We cannot get away by saying that the statement was misinterpreted or twisted". Singh had clarified that his comments had been "trivialised" but had failed to "check the tide of condemnation."
A police complaint was filed against VK Singh on 23 October 2015.