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Dalit Manch lays siege to DAC,burns effigy

Hundreds of Dalits,under the banner of Punjab Dalit Chetna Manch,laid siege to the District Administrative Complex (DAC) and burnt the effigy of the district administration for its alleged anti-Dalit approach.

Hundreds of Dalits,under the banner of Punjab Dalit Chetna Manch,laid siege to the District Administrative Complex (DAC) and burnt the effigy of the district administration for its alleged anti-Dalit approach.

Some protesters tried self-immolation,while some youngsters climbed up the rooftop of the DAC threatening to jump,but heavy police force,led by SP (City) Sukhwant Singh Gill and DSP (City-II) Swarandeep Singh managed to persuade the protesters from taking any drastic steps.

The protesters continued to squat in the middle of the road in front of the DAC,Phase I,for three hours and rented the air with slogans against the district administration and state government. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar asked the Manch president Shamsher Singh to withdraw the protest while assuring to sort out the issue within three days.

The protest was staged against the attack on some Dalits,allegedly by some upper caste people at Tasauli village in Mohali district on May 28. Later some Dalit families were allegedly ousted from the village but no complaint has been registered by the police so far,alleged manch president.

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Earlier,the protesters gathered at the Manch office in Sector 70 here,from where they marched towards the DAC. Holding black flags,banners,posters and placards with anti-administration and anti-government slogans,the protesters shouted the slogans against the anti-Dalit forces.

Manch president threatened to intensify the protest if the matter was not sorted out within next three days.

First published on: 21-06-2010 at 03:47 IST
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