Questioning PM Narendra Modi’s silence on the assault on Dalits in Una, CPM leader Brinda Karat, who visited the victims on Saturday, asked why he couldn’t come and meet the victims.
Karat and other CPM leaders met Balu Sarvaiya’s family at Mota Samadhiyala village of Gir-Somnath district in Gujarat. A delegation led by JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav also met them. Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr B R Ambedkar and a Dalit activist, too met the family.
Karat sought “restrictions” on Gau Seva Samitis. She said the public flogging of the Dalit youths had forced the nation to hang its head in shame.
“It is shameful that such an incident happens in the state of the country’s prime minister and he is silent. He has not spoken a word. He travels the world, but has no time to come to the village in his own state. He tweets on issues happening across the world. What answer does he, the BJP and gau rakshak samitis have on this matter?,” she said after meeting family members of Balu Sarvaiya.
“Skinning dead cattle is the traditional job of the Dalit community. However, in the name of gau raksha, atrocities have been committed on Dalits,” she said.
She also asked Dalit youths not to attempt suicide. “Please fight for justice, but do not attempt suicide. Your lives are precious,” Brinda said. She also claimed the family was not happy with the speed and direction of the investigation.
Earlier, a delegation of Congress MLAs visited the family and handed a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to Sarvaiya. “The financial support was promised to the family when our vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited them,” said Amreli MLA Paresh Dhanani.
JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav slammed the state government for not taking prompt action against the culprits and questioned BJP’s claim of safeguarding Dalits’ interests. — With PTI inputs