Dalits' Houses Set Afire, 8 Held in Rajasthan
PTI | Jodhpur | Feb 01, 2012
Houses of Dalits were burnt by members of an upper caste at Padasla
village in Osian near Jodhpur late last night, after which police
arrested 8 persons today in connection with the arson.
The situation turned tense in the village following the incident and
people from Dalit community assembled there demanding the earrest of
According to Richhpal Singh, DSP (Osian), a group of miscreants from
the upper caste said to be 20-25 in number barged into the village
riding autos, 4-wheelers and two-wheelers at about 11.30 pm on Tuesday
and attacked some huts constructed on a land which the assailants
claimed to be theirs and set them ablaze.
They also pelted stones on them and fired some shots in the air before
fleeing, he said adding one person has sustained minor injuries.
Singh said some people from Dalit community have their huts built on a
piece of 2-bigha land.
"Recently, they had constructed a hut on a land adjacent to this land,
which when come to the notice of a person from the upper caste, who
claimed it to be his land, and he, along with others of his community,
came to evict them from the land and set the huts ablaze", the police
The situation in the village is under control now, he said adding "we
have registered case against 19 persons under different sections of
IPC including SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act".
According to an official, the issues related to land conflicts are on
the rise in the villages, especially in the light of soaring land
"It is very common that a land is registered in the name of some
person but inhabited by some other person and that too for years in
the villages like in this case. But now, with the price shooting up,
those, who have the land registered in their name, are coming to claim
such lands", he said adding that taking the advantage of the absence
of the documents showing their ownership, miscreants are increasingly
claiming such land, which is leading to conflict.
Filed On: Feb 01, 2012 21:39 IST
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