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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM (IST)

Murder of Dalit activist Jindan conspiracy: Fact-finding team

Murder of Dalit activist Jindan conspiracy: Fact-finding team
Dalit leader Kedar S Jindan,

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 11

The murder of Dalit leader Kedar Singh Jindan, who was crushed by a SUV on September 7 last, seemed to be a “pre planned conspiracy” to target an “activist” who was exposing corruption and misutilisation of government schemes, powerful and dominant forces in society, says seven-member independent fact-finding team.

News reports revealed the gory details of the killing, carried out brutally in broad daylight and the post-mortem report also showed that Jindan was viciously attacked, assaulted and soon after, crushed by the murderers under a vehicle, multiple times”.

The team said Jindan’s family and all his supporters in the area were in a vulnerable condition for standing up for him, as well as against the caste-based domination.

The state government and the investigative agencies will have to ensure that no effort is spared to bring the murderers of Jindan to justice and an action plan will have to be drawn out to make the functioning of all government schemes transparent and make the guilty accountable besides addressing the social and economic inequities of the region, the report observed.

The team demanded that the case be handed over to the CBI for High Court-monitored probe, detailed investigations into alleged police inaction, ensuring safety of family members of Jindan, government job to Hem Lata, wife of Jindan and protection to all the eye-witnesses in the case.

The long-term interventions suggested by the team included regularisation of Shamlat and forest lands occupied by the Scheduled Caste community, implementation of Nautor land distribution to Scheduled Castes in the area, redressal of caste violence under regular monitoring of SC, enquiry into the implementation of government schemes in the area and public disclosure of information sought and extracted by Jindan.

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