Four booked for roughing up Dalit marriage party
Pragya Kaushika Posted online: Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 0015 hrs
Greater Noida : Four Thakurs have been booked after they roughed up
members of a Dalit marriage party who were taking the groom around
Chakh Birampur village in Greater Noida.
The incident occurred on Sunday night when the family and friends of
the groom Anni, belonging to the Valmiki caste from Mohana village in
Bulandshahr, tried to take him around the village on a mare. SP
(Rural) Surendra Verma said the Thakurs objected to this and asked the
wedding party to take the route meant for Dalits.
When the groom's party objected, they were assaulted, said the bride's
family. However, the accused claimed they objected due to the drunken
behaviour of the groom's family.
Investigation Officer N P Gautam said, "The Dalits usually take the
route designated for them. But this groom's family insisted on taking
a round of the entire village to which the Thakurs objected resulting
in a fight between the two groups." The crowd dispersed after the
police came in and warned them, he said.
"Pawan, Mangal Pal, Pappa and Lalit named in the FIR are all residents
of Chakh Beerampur and belong to the Thakur community. The case has
been registered under the SC/ST act and relevant sections of the IPC.
However, no one has been arrested yet," said Gautam.
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