Greater Noida: Days after the violent clash between the administration and the agitating farmers, Bhatta and Parsaul continue to be in the eye of the political storm.

The National SC/ST Commission on Thursday said it will summon the police as well as administrative officials and lodge a case of Dalit exploitation against them.

On Thursday, the twin villages were on an investigation ground for many. The Chairman of the National SC/ST Commission and Congress MP P L Punia along with four-member team visited the villages to probe charges of atrocities against Dalits by the security forces and met the aggrieved villagers.

He was accompanied by several Congress leaders along with former Revenue Minister Ravi Gautam to listen to the grievances of the families of the victims.

Villagers had alleged police atrocities against them during the violence which broke out between the farmers and officials on May 7. Assuring the villagers of justice, the Commission head said notices would be issued to the police and administrative officials, besides lodging a case of Dalit exploitation against them.

Commission Chairman reached the Dalit colony in Bhatta village at 10 am and talked to the residents. Owing to the presence of administration officials, the villagers initially were not ready to comment on the issue. However, when they were convinced of justice, a few narrated their plight.

One of the villagers, Sameer recounted how the police had gone berserk during the violence, barged into their homes and beat them up mercilessly. “One of the Dalits was arrested and sent to jail. Some were taken by the police to unknown places and the son of one of a Dalit is still missing,” he added.

The team also visited Parsaul and Achepur villages. Punia alleged that the police and the state administration authorities have threatened and bribed the villagers not to open their mouth.

Accusing the police and administration for atrocities against Dalits, Punia said, “Dalits have been exploited during the whole episode. Fearing police wrath, three of them are still absconding from the village. The police did not even spare the elderly and thrashed a 70-year-old mercilessly.”

Taking serious note of the complaints of the Dalit villagers, Punia said to use his constitutional authority to issue notices against the guilty officials. “The Commission will also seek CBI investigation of the whole incidence,” he concluded.

JPN/Bureau