Tuesday, February 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Wedding procession in Kadi attacked



Wedding procession in Kadi attacked
TNN, Feb 22, 2011, 12.30am IST

AHMEDABAD: Tension gripped Dangarva village of Kadi taluka after a
group of villagers stopped a wedding procession from Ahmedabad and
insulted the groom. The situation turned violent on Sunday at Akhaj
village as the same group started pelting stones at people attending
the wedding party.

Mehsana district police officials rushed to the spot but they were too
targeted by the trouble mongers. "The attackers were of the opinion
that the wedding procession of Dalit community cannot pass through
their village," police officials said.

The procession was then taken to the marriage venue under police
protection. But soon after the marriage ceremonies culminated, another
round of stone pelting erupted. A group of people started pelting
stones at police vehicles and those in the marriage party. The police
had to resort to lathicharge to control the situation.

"We have arrested 12 stone-pelters and booked them for rioting. Seven
others have been booked under Prevention of Atrocities Act for
stopping the marriage procession and using derogatory language against
the victims," said RJ Savani, SP, Mehsana.

Sources said incidents of sabotaging Dalit community marriages in the
village have increased in the last one month. "Earlier, on February
18, a similar incident took place in Dangarva village. Now people of
Dalit community fear holding wedding ceremony in the village," said a

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