A CLASH took place at Mandal village in Gujarat’s Amreli district Tuesday over the carcass of a cow. Seven persons were booked for assaulting two Dalits who had allegedly refused to dispose of the carcass, while seven Dalits too were booked for rioting and assault.
“A stray cow died near a Dalit locality. The Dalits approached sarpanch Atabhai Nakum who, in turn, requested two Dalits, Nagji Rathod and Maya Rathod, to dispose of the carcass. They refused saying they had stopped doing such work,” said Bhagwan Bharwad, DySP (SC, ST cell).
“Eventually, when the sarpanch and six others went to the spot to load the carcass in a rickshaw, the Dalits picked a quarrel over the delay, leading to the clash,” the DySP said.
Based on a complaint by Nagji, police booked sarpanch Nakum and six others for assault, criminal intimidation and subjecting members of Scheduled Caste to atrocities. The seven Dalits were booked after a complaint was filed against them. No one has been arrested so far.