One year of Una flogging: Jignesh, Kanhaiya detained, booked as they take out march

The Azadi Kooch was being organised to observe one year of the assault on seven members of a Dalit family at Mota Samadhiyala by a group of alleged “gau rakshaks” and public flogging of four of them in Una town.

By: Express News Service | Mehsana | Updated: July 13, 2017 9:01 am
Una flogging, Jignesh Mevani, Kanhaiya Kumar, Una, Kanhaiya kumar detained, jignesh mevani arrested Jignesh Mevani and Kanhaiya Kumar at a public meeting in Mehsana, Wednesday. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

Mehsana police on Wednesday registered an offence against Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and 15 others for holding a public meeting in the town and then taking out a march, Azadi Kooch, without necessary permission.

The Azadi Kooch was being organised to observe one year of the assault on seven members of a Dalit family at mota samadhiyala by a group of alleged gau rakshaks and public flogging of four of them in Una town.

Police filed an FIR against Mevani, Kumar and the others for unlawful assembly and violation of prohibitory orders. The permission for the public meeting and the march was withdrawn a few days ago.

Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM), floated by Mevani and his friends, had planned a seven-day march from Mehsana to Dhanera of Banaskantha district, seeking freedom from various anti-Dalit actions and alleged inaction by the state government.

The march was to press for physical possession of agriculture land granted to Dalits three under statutory provisions. They claimed that the move remained only on paper.

Despite police withdrawing permission for it, Mevani had declared that his outfit would continue with the march. And accordingly, RDAM held a public meeting at Somnath Chowk of Mehsana on Wednesday. Mevani was joined by a number of noted activists like Kumar, Patidar woman leader Reshma Patel, lawyer Shamshad Pathan and farmer leader Sagar Rabari.

The gathering was attended by hundreds of people, mostly Dalits, amid strong police presence.Mevani, Reshma, Kumar and a few others addressed the rally, asking people to forget differences on the lines of caste, creed and religion, and work collectively to bring a political change in the country. All of them criticised the Gujarat model of development being canvassed across the country, saying that rights of marginalised communities and minorities were being violated more frequently.

Mevani, Reshma, Kumar and a few others addressed the rally, asking people to forget differences on the lines of caste, creed and religion, and work collectively to bring a political change in the country. All of them criticised the Gujarat model of development being canvassed across the country, saying that rights of marginalised communities and minorities were being violated more frequently.

They also paid tributes to the seven Amarnath pilgrims killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday night.

Yogendra Yadav from Swaraj Abhiyan, and farmer leader Sunilam, who are passing through Gujarat as part of their pan-India Kisan Mukti Yatra, also came to Mehsana to express their solidarity with the march.

However, minutes after the march was launched, it was stopped by police on a highway near Mehsana and the participants were detained and taken to the town.

Kumar and Reshma who had left for Ahmedabad were also detained when they were at a restaurant near Mehsana and taken to the town.

Inspector General of Police for Gandhinagar range that covers Mehsana, R B Brahmbhatt, said, “Yes, we have registered an offence since the rally was held without permission. If they will try to resume the rally, we will again register an offence against them.”

In a video released after filing of the FIR, Mevani said, “The Gujarat government and BJP have not learnt a lesson from the Una incident and they have once again tried to crush the voice of the Dalits by stopping this Azadi Kooch.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Atmaram Parmar attacked on Mevani for inviting Kumar.

In an official release, Parmar said, “…by calling student leader of JNU Kanhaiya Kumar, who had taken side of terrorists and anti-nationals, to Gujarat in the name of a Dalit convention, Mevani has done ugly politics of insulting not only Gujarat, but the entire nation.”

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    Rakesh Pandit
    Jul 13, 2017 at 9:17 pm
    Notwithstanding this joker, kanhaiya, Una episode, Nalia episode, Ketan Patel police custody murder, corruption of Anandi Patel family, school fee issue etc are sufficient to alienate people from BJP in Gujarat at election time. This time, the electikn results will be a shocker for Amit Shah. I know. I live here, in Gujarat.
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      Bipin Bhardwaj
      Jul 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm
      Fascism, emergency is here, violation of the cons utional right to assembly protest must be declared a criminal breach of justice, discrimination , by nullifying these draconian colonial repressive fascist laws. Goonda Raj propagated by the ruling parties using police and armed forces must be abolished, by strong popular movements the victory of the people over colonial system is a must for the development, advancement and progress of the People and take out India from the dark ages of poverty, backwardness.
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        Vinu Krish
        Jul 13, 2017 at 11:29 am
        150 BJP :)
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          SC
          Jul 13, 2017 at 9:48 am
          kanhayya Kumar and others seems to be representative of Terrorists and separatists and that is why they never go to Srinagar to meet the family of DSP lynched by members of their family members.
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            Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
            Jul 13, 2017 at 10:15 am
            While I dont agree or support this Kanhaiaya or anyone of his clan, it is also true that there appears no end to this Cow brigade. Finally it will not be RG, AK, Didi, Nitish or Lalu who are going to pull down Modi, but the holy Cow will certainly result in pulling down Modi and BJP for ever. PMs words, cautions, warning has no heed on these Cow vigilants and it is going on right under his nose. Unless few of these cow brigade are punished, behind bars, hanged this will not stop. Mere words, man ki baath is not helping. Modi should now woke up else will be finished.
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              Iamtoo
              Jul 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm
              Let's be true to self brother/sister, let's condemn what is happening be it Kashmir be it Bengal or b it any other part. Even Gau Raksha people who are backed by BJP can't enter Kashmir and you are suggesting Kanhaya to go there. Kashmir is a Disputed territory between three countries and as soon as we realise it we will save humanity on earth.
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              Arjun
              Jul 13, 2017 at 9:14 am
              Will "Azaadi Kooch " go to Srinagar and take out a rally there against the killing of yatris and the police officer? If they are too scared to do it then they may go to Basirhat to protest violence against Hindus. Do you have the guts Kanhaiya? Or are you another spineless pseudo secular Intellectual?
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                dv1936
                Jul 13, 2017 at 9:11 am
                Caste based politics has done enough damage in the last seventy years, this new movement will destroy India. Stop the reservation policies and make all Indians equal
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                  sanjiv
                  Jul 13, 2017 at 8:24 am
                  This man is a .
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                    ARC
                    Jul 13, 2017 at 8:14 am
                    Kanaiya will you please organize a march against Muslims for kiIIING and lynching and massacre of Hindu pilgrims going to holy Amaranth Yatra? Can you please identify and tell me why Muslims are all terrorists?
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                      Atul Sapre
                      Jul 13, 2017 at 8:24 am
                      Can you pl get the goons who killed innocent muslims in Gujarat after 18 years ? Can you have the person who was responsible for the massacre out of his chair ?
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                        Abdul
                        Jul 13, 2017 at 11:52 am
                        ARC, can you please get, Advani Team for demolishing the babri masjid which generated the terrorism from muslims and then followed muslim massacre in Gujarat with Modi's blessings and now the cow madness , get the RSS/VHP and all its affiliated organisations along with all those muslim group declared as terrorist group. Bring all organisers and its members to to the law of the land give them maximum pusnishment. Can you or any nationalistic party do it?
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