Monday, December 14, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Another FIR alleging Dalit boycott filed in Jasdan

Another FIR alleging Dalit boycott filed in Jasdan

TNN 11 December 2009, 10:48pm IST

RAJKOT: Two days after the incident of a Dalit man being attacked with
an axe for entering a temple in Chhasiya village in Jasdan taluka in
Rajkot district, another FIR has been lodged by Ghela Punja Vala of
the same village on socio-economic boycott of Dalits by villagers
following the temple entry issue.

According to police officials, Hada Vala, 40, was attacked on December
8 when he had accompanied his nephew Devji to the temple to seek
blessings on the eve of latter's marriage. As Hada climbed the steps
at 11.30 pm, he was stopped at the entrance of the temple by Hemant
Sarvaiyya, a Koli by caste. Sarvaiyya allegedly hurled casteist abuses
at Hada and dealt a blow on his head with an axe. Hada was provided
emergency treatment at Vinchhiya primary health centre and then
shifted to Rajkot Civil Hospital for surgery. Police have booked
Sarvaiyya for attempted murder and under relevant sections of Atrocity

According to police officials, Ghanshyam Vala filed an FIR against six
people in the village alleging socio-economic boycott. He said in his
complaint that on December 9, large number of people gathered in the
village and announced that Dalits would be boycotted in the village.

The complaint names six accused Kadva Jogarajia, Zaver Rathod,
Kunvrabhai Jogarajia, Lagharabhai Sarviya, Mansingbhai Khisdia and
Mohan Suvan. The complaint alleged that the accused have declared that
Dalits would not be given anything at shops, will not be allowed in
rickshaws, among other things.

After the incident, police force has been deployed in the village to
avoid any untoward incident. "We have visited the village and have
lodged the compliant as well. The accused are on run, but we will soon
nab them'', said investigating officer and deputy superintendent of
police A F Sindhi.

Senior police officials have conformed the 'boycott' of the dalits in
the village by so-called upper caste residents. "We are trying to
solve this problem with both communities amicably,'' said officials.

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