Three Dal­its thrashed for ob­ject­ing to casteist slur

Millennium Post - - Nation -

AHMED­ABAD: Three Dal­its were al­legedly thrashed by four men for ob­ject­ing to their casteist slur in a vil­lage near Una town in Gu­jarat’s Gir Som­nath dis­trict, po­lice said Fri­day.

It comes over two years af­ter the flog­ging of four Dalit youths by cow vig­i­lantes in the same dis­trict trig­gered a na­tional out­cry. The lat­est in­ci­dent took place at Nan­drakh vil­lage, about 400km from Ahmed­abad, on Thurs­day.

No ar­rests have been made yet, the po­lice said.

The com­plaint was filed by one of the vic­tims, Manu Solanki (27), who has claimed that one of the ac­cused, Ajit Go­hil, was ar­rested for his in­volve­ment in the 2016 Una flog­ging case and is cur­rently out on bail. The three other ac­cused are Ma­hen­dra Go­hil, Kishor Go­hil and Aniruddh Go­hil, all be­long­ing to an Other Back­ward Class (OBC) com­mu­nity, the po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to the FIR lodged at the Una po­lice sta­tion, the in­ci­dent took place when Manu Solanki and his rel­a­tive, Bharat Solanki, were re­turn­ing to Nan­drakh on foot. When they en­tered the vil­lage, the four men, who ac­cord­ing to Manu Solanki were drunk, sud­denly started ver­bally abus­ing him and Bharat Solanki for be­ing Dal­its and hurled casteist slur at them. When they protested, the four hit them with sticks. One of the ac­cused even at­tacked Manu Solanki us­ing a knife, which left a wound near his face, they said. The ac­cused also thrashed an­other rel­a­tive of Manu Solanki, Ugab­hai Solanki, who rushed to the spot to save the duo, the FIR stated.

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