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Families of four of the five Dalits, who were lynched near Dulina village of Jhajjar district in Haryana on October 15, today denied having embraced Buddhism or any other religion in protest at a rally of the All-India Confederation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Organisations here yesterday.

�We were Hindus. We are Hindus. We will die as Hindus,� they told reporters here. Later, they called on Deputy Commissioner Anurag Rastogi and made a similar statement. They alleged that certain organisations were taking advantage of the unfortunate incident and misleading the people. �Conversion is no solution to the atrocities�, they added. The fifth Dalit victim belonged to Karnal district.

Mr Rattan Singh, father of deceased Virender, said he and other victims� families had no knowledge of any programme of conversion. �We had attended the rally, which was organised in protest against the killings. There was no talk of any conversion or embracing any other religion,� he added.

Similar views were expressed by Mr Budhram and Mr Ram Phal, fathers of Dayanand and Raju, the other two victims of Dulina tragedy.

Yuva Chetna Samaj Sudhar Samiti president Muko Balmiki, and Haryana Pradesh Dalit Sena president Suresh Kumar Sein, expressed similar views. UNI  

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