Monday, July 26, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Caste war in Gzb, one burnt alive

Caste war in Gzb, one burnt alive
Lalit Kumar, TNN, Jul 25, 2010, 12.30am IST

GHAZIABAD: Tension prevailed in the Musuri area after five dalits
allegedly set a 50-year-old man, belonging to an upper caste, on fire
in the wee hours of Saturday. The victim, Viresh, was sleeping outside
his house in a cattle-shed that was allegedly set afire by five of his
neighbours. The cops have arrested three persons, identified as Sukha,
Bobby and Ashok, while two other accused are absconding.

Lately, there have been arguments between those who rear animals and
locals on many occasions, according to police. SP Beg added:
"Arguments and disputes are common, but it had never spiralled so much
out of control. The `thakurs' would constantly reprimand the
`valmikis' when their pigs would enter their houses as they consider
it a filthy animal. This is the first time it has resulted in such an
extreme act.''

According to police, some of the animals of Viresh's neighbours mostly
buffaloes and pigs used to stray into his cattle yard. This is what
had happened on Friday night also, and was followed by an altercation
and a minor scuffle. Viresh's family alleged that the animals damaged
the fodder and other articles kept in the cattle yard. Early morning
on Saturday, when Rajbala brought tea for Viresh, she heard him
screaming for help inside the single-room yard that was up in flames.
The windows of the room were also burning. After she raised an alarm,
family members rushed to pull Viresh out. The attackers had allegedly
bolted the room from outside to prevent Viresh from escaping, alleged
the family.

Said SP (rural) M M Beg: "Viresh's wife, Rajbala, has alleged that she
saw their neighbours Ashok, Sukha, Bobby, Sanjay and Joginder running
away while the shed was burning. We have filed an FIR and three
persons have been arrested. Viresh was rushed to hospital where
doctors declared him brought dead.''

Meanwhile, police and units of the Provincial Armed Constabulary have
been deployed in the area. Confirming this, SP Beg said, "There was
tension in the area which is now under control. We have deployed
police personnel as a precautionary measure.'' Confidence-building
measures are being taken to restore normalcy in the area, said cops. A
case has been registered at the Musuri police station and a postmortem
of the body was conducted.

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