Two months after the Claim Commission Punjab summoned them, the victims of Vienna riots are still awaiting justice, even as Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal directed a high level committee to probe into the fake FIR cases.The Deputy Chief Minister had constituted a three-member committee comprising Punjab DGP, Chief Secretary and state Attorney General to probe into 26 fake FIRs which were registered against 146 people during the
In July, Claim Commission headed by Justice V K Bali has issued a notice highlighting loss of public property under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act in Jalandhar between May 24 and 25, 2009. The Claim Commission has added 25 new FIRs against Dalits, forcing the delegation to approach the Punjab government for a review.
On Monday, a delegation of Vienna Riots Sangarsh Committee led by senior vice president Ajay Mal met SSP Hoshiarpur Kuldeep Singh for the ongoing probe. “Our delegation met Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal during Sangat Darshan in Phillaur recently, after which we held a meeting with the DGP Suresh Arora in Chandigarh.”
He said, “The DGP directed DIG Jalandhar Rajinder Singh to expedite the probe, after which have held meetings with SSP Hoshiarpur in this regard,” he said.
Mal said, “Our concern was ‘cancellation of fake FIRs’. In the summons sent recently, Justice Bali has sought attaching the property of the accused to claim loss of public property worth Rs 700 crore in Vienna riots.”
He said that though the police was conducting a probe but it was still not clear, if the fake FIRs would be cancelled against the Dalits or not. “The youth against whom the fake FIRs were registered in the Vienna pogrom belong to very poor families,” he said.
“It was simply impossible to think of claiming Rs 700 crore from them,” Mal pointed out.Vienna riots took place in May 2009 in Jalandhar and the surrounding areas after the killing of Dera Sachkhand Ballan sect head Sant Ramanand in Vienna in Austria. Dalits in Doaba belt, particularly the Ravidassia community were agitated over the killing of their sect head, leading to riots.
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