GULBARGA, January 12, 2011
BJP accused of dividing Dalits
The Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Sagar) has accused the political parties
like the BJP of dividing Dalits and pitting them against each other
for their political ends.
Stating that the clash between two groups of Dalits in Nilur village
in which nearly 20 Dalits were injured was an aftermath of the zilla
and taluk panchayat elections, senior Dalit leader Arjun Bhadre and
district convener of DSS Suresh Hadimani accused the BJP of fomenting
discontent among Dalits by sowing seeds of mistrust.
Addressing presspersons in Gulbarga on Tuesday, Mr. Bhadre and Mr.
Hadimani alleged that the BJP had conspired with 'caste' Hindus in the
village to divide Dalits and weaken a case of attack on a Dalit colony
in Nilur a decade ago. They accused three 'caste' Hindus of the
village, who were accused in the case, of attacking the Dalit colony
and being directly responsible for the clash between the Dalit
factions on January 4.
Mr. Bhadre said that M.Y. Patil, former MLA, and his sons were
fuelling division among the Dalits in the village. The three persons
accused in the attack on the Dalit colony in 2000 had earlier tried to
influence the Dalit witnesses in the case by offering them money to
turn hostile. "When the Dalit witnesses rejected the offer, they
conspired with the BJP leaders, including M.Y. Patil, to divide the
Dalits and attack those who were witness in the case," he said.
Mr. Hadimani said that a small group of Dalits who were close to the
BJP, led by gram panchayat president Krishna Bilkal, attacked Pundalik
and other Dalits who refused to toe the line of the 'upper' castes in
the village on January 4 when they went to the house of one
Hanumantharao Malipatil to release a nine-year-old Dalit boy who had
been detained in the house.
A mob led by Krishna Bilkal and others attacked Mr. Pundalik and other
Dalits, including women, and inflicted serious injuries. "Later, they
inflicted simple injuries on themselves and got admitted to a private
hospital in Gulbarga to book a false complaint against the Dalits whom
they had attacked," he alleged.
The police have registered three cases against both the Dalit groups.
Mr. Hadimani said that the police, instead of blindly booking the
case, should investigate the case impartially and booked a case
against those responsible for the attack on the Dalits.
Police urged to investigate the case of attack on Dalits impartially
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