As Dalits protested in other parts of Saurashtra, Gir Somnath police on Monday arrested two more people in the alleged thrashing by gaurakshak in Una taluka. One of those arrested is a Muslim teenager boy. With this, the number of arrests in the case of alleged thrashing of a Dalit family has gone up to nine.
Based on their investigation, Gir Somnath police arrested a 17-year-old Muslim boy from Una and one Bharat Jalamsinh Gohil (27) on Monday. Jalamsinh is a resident of Kansari village inUna taluka.
“The Muslim boy has been arrested on the basis of videos of the incident. In the video clips, he is seen beating the four Dalits in Una town. He had even gone to other places where the victims were flogged publicly though he had not take part in the lynching there. Jalamsinh had also took a turn to beat up the four victims,” said a police officer associated with the probe.
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The police had arrested Ramesh Jadav, Rakesh Joshi, Nagji Ahir, Balvant Goswami and Pramodgiri Goswami on July 12. Two more accused, identified as Nilesh Gohil and Satish Parmar were nabbed by the police on Saturday. All of the seven are presently in judicial custody.
According to the police, Pramodgiri and three others assaulted Bablu Sarvaiya and his family members while they were skinning a dead cow in Mota Samadhiyala village on July 11. Identifying themselves as gaurakshaks and accusing the Dalits of cow slaughter, the accused took Balu’s sons Ramesh, Vashram and two others to Una town, some 20 km away from Mota Samathiyala in their car. There, they tied the four Dalits to their car with a rope and beat them up with sticks and iron pipes publicly before ditching the victims in front of Una police station.
Six of the victims had to be hospitalised after they were brutally beaten up by the gauraskshaks. Video of the incident had gone viral on social media and news portals the following day. Gir Somnath superintendent of police have suspended Una police inspector and three others for negligence in duty.