POLICE ON Friday asked organisers of a Dalit mahasammelan, scheduled to be held on July 31 outside the Ahmedabad district collectorate against the Una flogging incident, to shift their venue.
But Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti, which is organising the meet, said it would go ahead with the plan “with or without police permission.”
Ranip police inspector V B Patel said they suggested to the organisers to shift the venue to a bigger location as
the gathering at the collectorate would block vehicular traffic and create chaos.
According to the organisers, either the mother or brother of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide in January, would be attending the gathering that has also received support from Muslim outfits.
Convener of Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti Jignesh Mevani alleged that the police were biased.
He said, “We had sought permission to hold the sammelan near the collectorate, but it appears that Ahmedabad city police will not give us permission. When they can give permission to rallies by OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and Patidar leader Hardik Patel in the city, what problem do they have with the Dalits?”
However, V B Patel, police Inspector of Ranip, claimed police only advised Dalit leaders to shift the venue to ensure smooth traffic.