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Protesters laid the body of the on the road on 23 October demanding action.ANI/Twitter

The Haryana government on Saturday ordered the formation of a Special Investigation Team to probe the death of a 14-year-old Dalit boy in Gohana on Thursday.

Rohtak Deputy Superintendent of Police Amit Bhatia will head the investigation and he will be helped by two other inspectors.

Two Assistant Sub-Inspectors of Police were earlier booked on murder charges following allegations from the boy's family that he had died in police custody, after being questioned over the theft of a pigeon.

The police said the postmortem report conducted by doctors showed that the boy had died due to hanging. The incident occurred two days after two Dalit children were burnt alive in the Sunped village in Haryana's Faridabad district. 

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited Gohana on Friday and claimed the teenager had committed suicide. The Congress criticised Khattar for commenting and passing a verdict on the case before the investigation was completed, reported the Press Trust of India.

Meanwhile,  the Congress Party on Saturday said ordering a SIT probe  was not sufficient and demanded an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"There should be a CBI inquiry of this case because of the direct involvement of police officials. I don't think the SIT probe is sufficient enough for this case," Congress leader Kumari Selja told reporters after meeting the family members of the victim.

"The chief minister is saying that it is a case of suicide and he has received this information unofficially. What does he mean by unofficial there? What were the reports on the ground of which he was saying it is a case of suicide?" she added.