Tuesday, March 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Revelry turns sour as Jat, Gurjars attack Dalits



Revelry turns sour as Jat, Gurjars attack Dalits
Deepender Deswal, TNN | Mar 22, 2011, 07.50am IST

ROHTAK: Holi revelery turned sour on Sunday when a group of upper
caste revelers attacked a group of Balmiki youths in Balham village of
Rohtak district.

A group of youths from the Jat and Gurjar communities were passing
through the area where the Balmiki community lives on Sunday when some
youths who were in an inebriated condition reportedly passed comments
which did not go down well with the Balmikis, who objected to it.

The sources said that this led to a verbal duel which soon took a
violent turn as the two groups clashed while raining blows and
attacking each other with lathis. The police informed that five
Balmiki youths who were injured in the clash were rushed to the PGIMS

The injured have been identified as Mukesh, Jai Bhagwan, Anil, Naresh
and Manjit who are undergoing treatment at Rohtak. The SHO of Kalanaur
police station Hari Singh informed TOI that a case under sections 148
(rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt) and some other
sections of the IPC has been registered against nine persons from the
Jat and Gurjar communities on the complaint of Amit Kumar, a Dalit.

"The police have started investigation into the incident and a police
team has left for the PGIMS Rohtak for getting statements of the
victims," the SHO said. "The incident appears to have taken place as
some of the youths were in an inebriated condition. The accused have
not been arrested so far", the SHO stated.

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