CHANDIGARH: 2 Dalit kids burnt to death, 6 years later, CBI court discharges 11 accused.

2 Dalit kids burnt to death:

A six-year-old case, re-opened again, finally giving justice to the 11 accused i.e. pertaining to two infants burning to death. The special CBI court has accepted the investigating agency’s closure report and given 11 people the clean-chit.

Incident:

On October 19, an FIR was reported by Jitender Kumar from Sunped village, Faridabad, who belonged to the Dalit community, alleged that 11 people from the upper caste community, barged into his house in the middle of the night and, poured petrol in the room and his two kids, aged two years and nine months, were burnt to death. He added while fleeing they mentioned; they wanted to end the Dalit community. However, the arrested claimed that this is just a setup, mainly because they were the witnesses in the murder case of 3 Rajputs by 11 Dalits. In the CBI’s investigation, they revealed that in October 2014, four persons from the accused’s family got murdered and according to Jitender, the men set his house on fire as revenge. Later, it was also revealed that some negotiations were going on between people belonging to the Thakur and Dalit community to reach a compromise in the previous murder. In October, the FIR, which got registered against 11 people by the police, however, all got bail in absence of the charge sheet. They transferred the FIR to CBI, after a few days and the FIR lodged was under various provisions under the Indian Penal code and Schedule caste and scheduled tribe (prevention of atrocities). CBI investigation’s results:

During the CBI investigation, they got expert opinions from three labs — FSL lab in Madhuban, Karnal, Haryana; CFSL New Delhi; and Telangana State Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad, and thus it was concluded that fire was started from inside, i.e. center of the bed, and the room was bolted from inside and no signs of outsiders entering. Polygraph test:

The polygraph test also highlighted that response given by the suspects is consistent and not deceptive, whereas responses of the couple reflected deception, showing that they are hiding some vital information instead of revealing the truth. Even the narcoanalysis of Jitender made his act and conduct doubtful. Eventually, Jitender and his wife finally admitted that they did not see anybody setting the fire, and they gave the names at the insistence of other villagers. CBI closure report:

Defense counsel, Abhishek Singh Rana, said that the CBI found nothing against these accused therefore the agency had filed a closure report. The CBI court accepted the closure report and discharged the 11 accused. The closure report also stated that the fire that led to the death of two children, was from the inside, there was no sign of outsiders, and according to narco-analysis revealed that Jitender started the fire at his own place, to take revenge on Thakur and his community. Accepting the closure report of CBI, the court said that “the investigation has been conducted in the right perspective and no doubt remains to be cleared either through re-investigation or by leading evidence.”

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