The Hindu

Dalits seek suspension of police officials

- KAVITA UPADHYAY

JAIPUR: A group of about 300 Dalits staged a dharna in front of Jaitaran Deputy Superinten­dent of Police Veer Singh’s office, on Saturday, demanding against police officials who allegedly beat up people from their community.

On Tuesday, a day before Diwali, nine Dalit men from Kushalpura village in Pali district’s Raipur tehsil were allegedly thrashed by three police officials of Kushalpura police station. One of them was severely injured.

“The [Dalit] men were at their temple in the evening offering their prayers when three police officials took them to the nearby police station and along with few other men brutally beat them up,” Leela Dhar Advani, a resident of Kushalpura village told

The protesters claim that the police officials abused them over their caste, used physical strength on them, beat them with sticks, and stripped them.

One of the officials involved said that he wants all Bavris [a Dalit community] at Kushalpura to leave the village,” Mr. Advani said.

The injured persons have demanded strict against the police officials. However, Deputy Superinten­dent of Police Veer Singh told

“The Bavris were beaten up and were detained by the police because they were constructi­ng a building on an illegally acquired land.”

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