Friday, January 25, 2008

Expelled family moves rights panel
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, January 8
The members of a family expelled from Charkhi village in this district by a panchayat of villagers have pleaded before the Human Rights Commission to reinstate them in the village. Meanwhile, a local court at Charkhi Dadri has summoned the station house officer to appear before it on March 4 for not initiating any action in the matter.

The advocate of the expelled family of Leela Ram, Anand Prakash Kadyan, said that the family submitted an application on January 1 against their deportation and to resettle them in the village. Taking serious note of the application on January 2, the court sent a notice to the police as to why action had not been taken against the four persons of Charkhi village who were already booked by the police.

It may be mentioned here that the 14 members of the expelled family had filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding action against the four accused and to resettle them. Giving its decision, the high court had directed the civil and police administration to resettle the expelled family by October 23, 2002.

The court decision was opposed by the Sangwan Khap and villagers of Charkhi who staged dharna time and again outside the bus stand at the village against the resettlement of the expelled family.

Reports say that the police administration, viewing the spirit of the masses, refrained from taking action whereas the Kadiyan Khap, to whom the expelled family belongs, filed a defamation suit in the high court. Meanwhile, the police registered a case against four persons at the Sadar police station on November 11.

Kadyan Khap representatives said that the expelled family had filed a defamation case against the four persons at a Charkhi Dadri court wherein compensation for the ruined crop on 24 acres of land had been sought. They maintained that the khap had vowed to resettle the family at any cost.