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Tuesday, September 13, 2005  
CBI seizes Gohana violence records

Times of India
12 September 2005

SONEPAT: CBI officials, investigating the anti-Dalit arson at Gohana and events that led to it, have seized police records related to the incidents and interrogated some persons, CBI sources said on Monday.
Some of the victims, whose houses were set ablaze in the Dalit colony at Gohana on August 31, are understood to have named the son and brother of Sonepat BJP MP Kishan Singh Sangwan among those involved in the attack, sources said. The two are among 23 persons named in the FIR registered with the police in connection with the arson.

The CBI had already registered two separate cases relating to the incidents of violence and arson and the murder of Jat financer Baljeet Siwach, which is supposed to have triggered the casteist violence. Meanwhile, senior district officials visited the ravaged colony and inspected the reconstruction and repair works being undertaken there by the government.

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Monday, September 12, 2005  
CBI registers three cases in Gohana riot incidents

9 September 2005

The CBI today registered three cases in connection with the murder and riots that took place at Gohana in Sonepat district after the killing of a youth.

The cases were registered on request from the Haryana Government which had requested the Department of Personnel and Training for a CBI probe.

The first case relates to murder of a shopkeeper Baljeet Singh on August 27 by a mob of 10-15 people belonging to another caste, agency sources said here.

The second case relates to the retaliatory action taken by the community of the deceased shopkeeper during which anti-social elements set on fire 50 houses at Dalit Basti in Gohana on August 31.

Following this incident, various Dalit organisation called for a bandh in the state on September two during which Panchkula witnessed an agitation organised by anti-social elements in the Dalit community.

The third case relates to the arson during the bandh call during which anti-social elements caused damage to the public as well as private property, the sources said.


The state government has already suspended three police officers, including Gohana Deputy Superintendent of Police Raunki Ram, after these incidents.

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9:21 AM

Gohana probe

The telegraph
9 September 2005

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which started a probe into the murder of a shopkeeper and the subsequent torching of Dalit houses in Gohana town of Haryana last month, has registered three cases naming Pradeep Sanghwan and Ranvir Sanghwan, the brother and son of Sonepat BJP MP Kishan Singh Sangwan, besides six others.

The cases — initially registered by Haryana police — were today registered afresh by the CBI following a request by the state government to probe the incidents leading to large-scale violence against Dalits on August 31.

The first case relates to murder of shopkeeper Baljeet Singh on August 27 by 10-15 people from another caste.

The bureau also registered a case relating to the retaliatory action taken by Singh’s community, in which 50 houses at Dalit Basti were set on fire on August 31.

The third case, re-registered at Panchkula police station, relates to the arson during the bandh, during which public and private properties were damaged. The agency named councillor Dalbir Singh Punia and several others.

The cases were registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes Act.

Earlier, the state government suspended three police officers, including Gohana deputy superintendent of police Raunki Ram, in connection with the incidents.

The others suspended included Gohana station house officer, sub-inspector Satpal, and the SHO of Sector 5 police station in Panchkula, Surjit Kumar.

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