Gujarat Dalit protests spread to new areas, policeman killed; Rahul, Kejriwal set to visit

On Monday night, mobs took to the streets and set ablaze state transport buses in Rajkot, Dhoraji and other towns of Saurashtra. In Surendranagar, a truckload of cow carcasses were dumped outside the collector’s office.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot/ahmedabad | Updated: July 21, 2016 1:50 pm
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Gujarat scrambled to contain Dalit protests Tuesday as they spread to Ahmedabad and several parts of the state, triggering violence in which a policeman was killed, state transport buses torched and roads blocked.

At least two more persons attempted suicide — seven tried to end their lives Monday — to protest the flogging of a Dalit family on July 11 for allegedly skinning a cow in Una in Gir Somnath district.

Promising strict action in the Una case and calling for calm, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced she would visit Balu Sarvaiya and his family members who were brutally assaulted by a gau raksha group and are now being treated at the Rajkot civil hospital.

In the first of a series of tweets, the Chief Minister said: “Seven more arrested in Una case, total 16 accused held till now. State govt is taking strict action against all accused.”

As Dalit groups called for a Gujarat bandh Wednesday, Congress leaders said Rahul Gandhi will be visiting Una Thursday to meet the victims.

WATCH VIDEO: Dalit Protests Spread In Gujarat, Voices Rise In Parliament

 

The AAP said its leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too will travel to Una Friday. The AAP also announced that the party would stage protests over the Una incident across Gujarat Wednesday.

Read | Protest across Gujarat, groups demand to declare private cow protection committees illegal

Congress MP Ahmed Patel, appealing for peace, tweeted: “Failure of authorities to protect Dalits in Gujarat is absolutely shocking. Is it the Gujarat Model? Independent probe is need of the hour”.

Read | My son was forced to assault Dalits, says 17-year-old Muslim boy’s father

Gujarat Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, according to a PTI report from Udaipur, backed the protesting Dalits, saying they have faced exploitation and their demands are justified. Released after nine months in jail, Patel has to remain outside Gujarat for six months on court orders.

The RSS too stepped in, condemning the attack on Dalits as “an attack on the entire Hindu community which believes in peace and amity”.

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RSS Gujarat prant sanghchalak Mukesh Malkan said “atrocities meted out to the Scheduled Caste brothers in the name of cow protection is extremely painful and condemnable. This kind of inhuman behaviour is a heinous crime and its perpetrators should be dealt with severely”.

The Gujarat chapter of Vishwa Hindu Parishad also issued a release, condemning the “atrocity” on Dalits by “some elements”.

Violence erupted Tuesday in Rajkot city, Rajkot district, Surendranagar, Amreli, Junagadh and Ahmedabad. Police said a mob hurled stones at a police patrol in Amreli. Constable Pankaj Rameshbhai Amreliya, one of those seriously injured in the attack, died in hospital later.

Additional DGP (Law and Order) V M Pargi said: “The constable was shifted to Rajkot civil hospital where he died.” He said violent protests were reported from other districts as well. P P Pandey, DGP in-charge, issued a statement, appealing to people to maintain peace.

In Ahmedabad, 40-year-old Mukesh Khodidas, a resident of Kalol in Gandhinagar, tried to commit suicide outside the collectorate and was taken to the civil hospital. In Biliyala village near Gondal, Bharat Boricha (35) attempted suicide by consuming a chemical substance in protest against the Una incident. He was sent to Rajkot for treatment.

On Monday night, mobs took to the streets and set ablaze state transport buses in Rajkot, Dhoraji and other towns of Saurashtra. In Surendranagar, a truckload of cow carcasses were dumped outside the collector’s office.

In Ahmedabad, OBC leader and convenor of OBC/ST/SC Ekta Manch Alpesh Thakor was detained along with his supporters outside the collector’s office where they were protesting against the Una incident.

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First Published on: July 20, 2016 4:31 am
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    PS Chauhan
    Jul 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm
    Backwaas news paper I am going......
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      PS Chauhan
      Jul 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm
      In next election I think to vote for congress after my disappointment with bjp...on job issues....but these Congi think we are fools.....before every election.....now NOTA or BJP....
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        PS Chauhan
        Jul 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm
        JNU KAND Before Bihar, Kerala, WB....
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          PS Chauhan
          Jul 20, 2016 at 9:42 pm
          Now Dalit before Gujarat, up..Udta Punjab before Punjab.....I am tired and hate multiparty system.......
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            PS Chauhan
            Jul 20, 2016 at 9:38 pm
            spotted....
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              Yakobi
              Jul 20, 2016 at 3:26 am
              Be a human, break the chain of hind uism racism, by all means, hindrance to truth hind uism rac ism is not the way of human being , but hindu filthy animals, adopted by animals, self centered , in human form.
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                Yakobi
                Jul 20, 2016 at 3:26 am
                Dump hindrance to truth hin duism racism, be a human, not a hi ndu.
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                  Yakobi
                  Jul 20, 2016 at 5:00 am
                  Every one is free to make his own choice, regardless of wishes of a hin du, ignorant, have meat, if you like, or what ever comes out of h indu filthy hin d of a p ig, filthy self centered, enjoy, it is your choice,
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                    Yakobi
                    Jul 20, 2016 at 4:55 am
                    Keep in mind, hindrance to truth hind uism, based on hindrance to truth hind uism fabrication and democracy, based on truth are not compatible, both of them are of the opposite poles, and can not be together.
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                      Yakobi
                      Jul 20, 2016 at 1:33 am
                      Time for human to get rid of hindrance to truth hindui sm racism as faith, by all means, to be free like human being, then to be on the end of a chain, like a hin du filthy do g, held by a upper cast hin du crimin al beast, in human form.
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                        Natesan
                        Jul 20, 2016 at 3:41 am
                        Brahmins are fast marching towards self annihilation. If not by themselves, then let people to.
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                          Natesan
                          Jul 20, 2016 at 3:46 am
                          How is that a bunch of Brahmin scoundrels manage to occupy all top positions in Army Navy and Air Force, north central south east west south central north east commands? Because my dear Indian fool, you are being ruled by a secret syndicate of senior brahmins who were holding high positions earlier. You go to any bank, public sector, private sector, collaborative MNCs, Brahmin scoundrels compromised our safety by favoring the companies and getting a CEO job for their sons-in-laws and daughter-in-laws and even to the sons of their concubineS. So you are not working for your country, unknowingly you are working for a brahmin scoundrel who will bring the brother of his illegal lover as the next CEO.
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                            Jai Telangana
                            Jul 20, 2016 at 6:01 am
                            RSS Gujarat prant sanghchalak Mukesh Malkan said “atrocities meted out to the Scheduled Caste brothers in the name of cow protection is extremely painful and condemnable. This kind of inhuman behaviour is a heinous crime and its perpetrators should be dealt with severely”.lt;br/gt;Hmmmm...atrocities meted out to those of other religions is perfectly acceptable . Sabaash ji..for clearing things up
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                              Kalabra
                              Jul 20, 2016 at 3:53 am
                              Have all those in the video who beat those poor Dalits been arrested yet. Supreme CORRUPT(SC) of India cannot take cognizance of the video BECAUSE IT IS TOO BUSY DEALING WITH WHAT RAHUL TOLD ANOUT NATHURAM DOGSE.
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                                Satendra kumar
                                Jul 20, 2016 at 12:19 am
                                The Gujarat states law and order and the judiciary system should crack down on organisation of criminology and genuine bonafide embly for democratic reforms needed or just a fake and corrupt organisation for social economic benefit.
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                                  Maniktripathy
                                  Jul 20, 2016 at 2:46 am
                                  Good governance on its display and the model is on fire due to flawed policies by targeting poor people...
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                                    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                    Jul 20, 2016 at 5:28 am
                                    A instigation of CONGIE,---spearheaded by AAPs,---supported but LAALU,---blame put on BJP.,---clear as crystal.
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                                      Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                      Jul 20, 2016 at 5:04 am
                                      Than get ready to get both opposite poles up your hairy MUZZIE ,---that's compatible.
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                                        mohammad terrorist
                                        Jul 20, 2016 at 5:35 am
                                        Congies and Aaps will die a miserable death
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                                          mohammad terrorist
                                          Jul 20, 2016 at 5:25 am
                                          Haha funny how katwas in the disguise of Hindu names are trying to subvert the cow protection and dreaming of lift ban on cow slaughter ,it will never happen ,Hindu or Muslim it doesn't matter ,Cow is holy animal in Bharat
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                                            mohammad terrorist
                                            Jul 20, 2016 at 5:27 am
                                            now go eat pork
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