Villagers of Sanped, the scene of the ghastly crime, staged protests through the day with the bodies of two-and-a-half-years-old Vaibhav and 11-month-old Divya before the administration persuaded them to lift a road blockade and perform the last rites of the little children.
"Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has recommended a CBI probe in the incident. A SIT has also been formed which is headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Puran Chand," Khattar's media advisor, Amit Arya said in Chandigarh.
He said four of the 11 accused have been arrested so far. The government has announced Rs 10 lakh as compensation and a job to the victims' family, he added. The situation in the village, some 35 km from the national capital, turned volatile when the bodies where brought home. Amid the pervading gloom, wailing relatives received the body.
However, the sombre atmosphere soon turned volatile as scores of slogan-shouting Dalits, walking hand in hand, carried the bodies, placed it on the Delhi-Agra highway and blocked the traffic. Police had to used 'mild' lathicharge to clear the highway after which the protesters jammed a bypass.
Khattar, who was to visit the village yesterday, postponed it for today, apparently because of the protests. While Vaibhav and his sister Divya had perished in the blaze allegedly set off by some upper caste people who had a running feud with their family on the intervening night of October 19-20, their mother Rekha, 28, suffered serious burns and is battling for life in a Delhi hospital. Their father Jitender, 31, also received injuries while trying to save them.

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