Cops crack down on Dalits to break police station siege
Express news service Posted online: Sat Jan 28 2012, 08:51 hrs
Ahmedabad : After various rounds of failed meetings with the Dalit
agitators that lasted more than 15 hours on Wednesday, the Ahmedabad
district police resorted cracked down on the crowd camping at the
Sanand police station at the dawn of Republic Day on Thursday.
The police have also lodged FIR against six of them, who were part of
the group of Dalit villagers from Rethal camping at the police station
with the body of 25-year-old youth, Atul Rathod, who was killed in an
attack by a group of people belonging to a different community in the
The protesters were demanding immediate arrest of the main accused,
identified as Yuvrajsinh Dodiya.
After the crackdown on the protesters, however, the police arrested Dodiya.
At 3:30 am on Thursday, hundreds of policemen cordoned off the police
station and dragged the villagers out of there. The body was sent to
VS hospital in Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad Range Inspector General G S Malik said the police had to use
force since the agitators would not listen to them or the district
collector. He, however, said none were injured in the crackdown.
Later, the villagers collected Rathod's body from the hospital and
cremated him in the village amid police deployment.
On Tuesday night, six Dalits were allegedly attacked by Dodiya and his
friends in which Rathod died.
Dodiya was reportedly furious after Dalits in the village filed four
FIRs against him under the Atrocity Act, alleging he had been beating
them up over petty issues.
In Ahmedabad district, the number of cases of atrocities against
Dalits have been increasing. According to police, in 2011, there were
89 cases of atrocities while the figure was 59 in 2010. Some of the
villages that have seen atrocities against Dalits are Goraj, Kundal,
Daduka, Vasan, Vansava, Khoraj, Dodar and Mahadevpura.
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