New Delhi: About 21 Dalit organizations across the country have approached the National Commission for Scheduled Castes in connection with the brutal murder of Dalit man Lakhbir Singh at a farmer’s dharna site on the Singhu border on the Delhi-Haryana border. He has demanded the commission to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the murder. However, Sikh religious bodies have denied the case as Dalit vs Sikh, as the Nihang group has a large number of Dalits.
The letters demand a time-bound inquiry into the matter and punishment for all those involved in the vandalism. Commission chairman Vijay Sampla said that insulting the book is a serious crime among Sikhs but no one has the right to take the law into their own hands. Sampla further said, “We have already sent notice to DGP Haryana and Chief Secretary to take strict action on this and have sought refund report from Fax.”
He further said that the place where the accused hanged him is near the farmers’ platform. The agitating farmers are responsible for whatever happens there. Their role is similar to that of criminals. Sampla said that the farmer leaders have sidelined the whole matter. If they are dharna and living with them for 10 months then they are part of the same protest.