Near village of Una accused, Dalit march has to change route

Police said that apprehensive of a violent incident between the two parties, they diverted the march, organised by the Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti (UDALS), to a different route.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:August 15, 2016 2:41 am
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The ongoing Gujarat march to protest against the flogging of Dalits at Una on July 11 was forced to change its route near Samter village of Una taluka on Sunday after local community members blocked their way. Many people from Samter have been arrested in the flogging incident.

Police said that apprehensive of a violent incident between the two parties, they diverted the march, organised by the Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti (UDALS), to a different route. The march later reached Una safely with police escort.

Organised by Dalits, the march has attracted many people from the civil society since it started from Ahmedabad on August 5. It is scheduled to culminate on Independence Day with the unfurling of the Tricolour and a public meeting at Una.

Jignesh Mevani, convener of the UDALS who is leading the march, said, “There were chances of a confrontation at Samter. We had got messages from our volunteers camping in Una about local upper castes adopting an offensive behaviour and blocking the road near Samter village. So police which are escorting us asked us to avoid Samter village.”

Mujahid Nafees, who is part of the the march, said, “We found that around 200-300 people had blocked the road with a tractor trolley and other vehicles. They were shouting slogans like Gau Mata ki jai, and saying Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata ki jai.” According to him, the protesters forbid them from even using their mobiles so that they couldn’t take any pictures.

Additional Director General of Police, Law & Order (In-charge), A K Singh said, “There was a possibility of altercation as a lot of people from Samter village have been arrested (in the Una flogging episode)… So the rally took a minor detour.”

Una police inspector H G Vaghela said there had been an incident of stone-pelting on on Saturday night as well near Samter village when some Dalits organised an event at Mota Samadhiyala village in Una. The Dalits who were flogged belonged to Mota Samadhiyala village.

An FIR has been registered against a mob of around 100 people, said Vaghela.

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    Onkar Singh
    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    Jai Hind to the dalit leaders and other non-dalit and Muslim brothers for showing solidarity against the BJP and their right wing terror - tactic affiliates and for having organized the March on the eve of the 70 th independence day.The less-privileged and the poor are at the receiving end and Modi is trying to protect Adani who is involved in black money laundering and Modi is busy in scuttling the investigation.A book is out in the market detailing Adani's activities.That is why now Modi doesn't talk about Black Money because his election-campaign was funded by the black money of his friend,what stops him from bringing Political funding into the RBI? God bless you courageous people of Gujarat take the fight to the doors of corrupt politicians like Shah - Modi combine and their likes.This should be the starting point of all dalits and Muslims to come together to fight the right-hand wing Hindus .
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    SubbuI
    Aug 15, 2016 at 2:05 am
    This kind of confrontation and cow protections are tactics of SANGH andBJP elementsand are tactical posture of pro Hindutva gimmicks to polarize the votes in elections.two birds in one arrow! One increase the vote% and continue cow vigilantism to har Dalits and minorities. This dangerous and diabolical activities of enemys of humanity must be discouraged. They will do same tactics in UP AND PUNJAB TOO. Gunda shah did that POLARISATION politics to win UP IN 2014. NOW BEAWARE OF THIS TERRORISTS . The need of this hour is RSSandBJP MUKTH BHARATH. VOTE BACK CONGRESSC ZINDABAD
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    Gopikanta Ghosh
    Aug 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm
    Movement must succeed
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    Gopikanta Ghosh
    Aug 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Movement must succeed irrespective of terrorist attack
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    Kalikutty
    Aug 15, 2016 at 5:26 am
    I E is taking bribes from Dalits and therefore anti national. Expect a news hour debate from Arnab Goswamy the custodian of nationalism
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    john michael
    Aug 15, 2016 at 7:29 am
    i feel ashamed... that the present BJP/RSS govt is taking sides, and thats the reason for so much tensions within groups and communities. Any good govt,, must operate by the rule of law .,, and thats what is governance is about,
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    Chandru
    Aug 15, 2016 at 1:13 am
    Such rerouting is a very very common practice by Police.lt;br/gt;I can show bout 100 examples every year in Chennai alone!lt;br/gt;IE somehow wants to show Gujarat in bad light !lt;br/gt;The headline is one such effort!
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    Chellam
    Aug 15, 2016 at 3:51 am
    Are you in India, Sir? Do you not know that there are thousands and thousands of roads in India which Dalits should not enter, and cannot leave alive if they enter?
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