A dog bit a hen on Sunday morning, got beaten up by the latter’s masters, and was left with a fractured leg.
This incident from Jaunpur district’s Peswara village became the reason for a clash between the Dalits and Yadavs on Monday, leaving six injured with one admitted to district hospital with injuries in the head. The police have registered an FIR and have initiated a hunt to nab the absconding accused.
According to the police, Vijay Yadav, a farmer and the owner of the dog, took the matter of the beating up of his dog before Sohan Ram, owner of the hen “after he could not take the insult that his dog was beaten up”. Vijay and some of his family members had left Sohan’s house after threatening him of dire consequences.
Next morning, say the police, three-four vehicles with “armed” relatives of Vijay arrived at Sohan’s doorstep. “A heated argument began, followed by a clash between the two groups. Vijay’s group is alleged to have fired in the air, although no one sustained a gunshot injury.
Some were beaten up with blunt objects,” Circle Officer (Kerakat) Ashok Kumar Singh said. Subsequently, the police was informed and additional forces were brought in to broker peace.
At least six people — Sanjay, Mohan, Arun, Manish, Pappu and Anil — were taken to the primary health centre. Sanjay, aged around 30, was later taken to the district hospital as he had sustained head injuries. The police have also recovered three firearms.
The CO added: “There was no previous case of animosity between the two groups. It was just that Vijay took the incident related to his dog as an insult. He is absconding. Efforts are on to trace and arrest the accused.”
A case under sections pertaining to rioting, causing injury and illegal use of weapons has been registered against Vijay and five others, besides 20 other unidentified persons. The accused have also been booked under various sections of the Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.