Panchayat: Return our girl or we take yours
Pragya Kaushika,Pragya Kaushika Posted: Jul 07, 2010 at 0101 hrs
Greater NOIDA A caste panchayat in Greater Noida has threatened to
abduct a girl and two boys from a Dalit village if a Brahmin girl, who
allegedly eloped with a Jatav boy on June 24, was not sent back home.
The panchayat issued the diktat after Priyanka Sharma (21), daughter
of Rajendra Sharma of Mandaiya village, allegedly eloped with one
Sanjay Jatav (24), of Daula village. Village elders from Mandaiya held
a panchayat in at the boy's house in Daula and decided that if the
girl was not sent back, the Brahmin villagers will abduct a girl and
two boys from the Dalit village.
Sanjay's father Kanchi Jatav claimed the girl's family held him and
his brother hostage for some time on Sunday.
"When the police were informed, the Brahmins fled... but they
threatened to abduct a girl. We have sent our women out of the village
till the matter is resolved," he said, adding that he had no clue
where his son and the girl were.
Gautam Budh Nagar's SP (Rural) Surender Verma said the police have
registered a case of attempt to murder and criminal intimidation
against 40 villagers from Mandaiya.
"We have warned the community against any unlawful action. The
whereabouts of the couple are still unknown and we have assured that
they will be protected when they return," Verma stated. "An addition
platoon of armed police have been deployed in the village. A Circle
Officer and two inspectors have also been camping in the village," he
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