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Lynching notice to Haryana

New Delhi, Oct. 23: The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Haryana government to file a report on the lynching of five Dalits at Dulina in Jhajjar district last week after they were allegedly caught skinning a cow.

Issuing the notice to the state chief secretary and the director general of police, the rights panel said the report should be submitted within a week. The commission also asked its director general (investigation) to collect the facts and file a report.

The full commission, headed by J.S. Verma, discussed the gruesome incident following a public outcry and spot visits by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and CPM leader Brinda Karat. Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani also called for “stringent punishment” to those responsible for the lynching and urged the Haryana government to order an inquiry.

“We will urge the state government to institute an inquiry into the incident so that stringent punishment is given to those responsible for committing the crime,” Advani told a gathering at his residence yesterday.

The chairman of the Confederation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Organisations also visited the spot.

While the police claim that a mob of suspected Vishwa Hindu Parishad supporters lynched the youths, relatives of the victims and residents accuse the police of torturing the five to death for refusing to pay bribe.

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