Monday, December 14, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Koli-Dalit clash: Cong, BJP play blame game

Koli-Dalit clash: Cong, BJP play blame game
Express News Service Posted online: Monday , Dec 14, 2009 at 0150 hrs
Rajkot : Clashes between two scheduled caste groups at Chasiya village
in Jasdan taluka of Rajkot district has left the locals tensed for two
Security continued to be tight for the second day on Sunday following
the boycott of Dalits by the Kolis. But both the Congress and BJP have
been accusing each other of adding fuel to the fire.

The Rajkot rural police are on the trail of seven people accused in
two different incidents. Hemant Savaliya, who had allegedly attacked
one Hada Vala (40) for preventing entry in a temple, is one of them.
The six others had given a boycott call against Dalits in a Koli
dominated village.

It all started when Vala was attacked with an axe on December 8 at the
temple premises. He was admitted in the Rajkot Civil Hospital. On
December 11, Gyanshyal Vala registered an FIR against six people for
giving a boycott call against Dalits, that they be given nothing from
shops and no rides in public vehicles. The six named in the FIR are
Kadva Jograjia, Zaver Rathod, Kunwar Jograjia, Lagharabhai Sarviya,
Mansingh Khisadia and Mohan Suvan.

"The situation has now limped back to normal. Dalits have not been
facing any problem. Our teams have been monitoring the rationshops and
temple. There has been no complaint in the last two days," said A F
Sindhi, DySP, SC/ST cell and investigating officer.

Sindhi said that Hemant Savaliya will be arrested by Sunday night and
that priority was given to set the things in order in the village. The
officer added: "I have not seen rivalries among scheduled castes. This
is the first time that I have seen Kolis opposing Dalits."

Meanwhile, the BJP and Congress leaders accused each other of
instigating the two communities. "For the first time since
Independence, Congress has lost Jasdan Assembly seat. They have
instigated the Kolis to create the problems. A similar thing may
happen in other villages," said Jasdan BJP legislator Bharat Boghra.

On the other hand, Rajkot Congress MP Kunvarji Bavalia, said that the
BJP are making a mountain out of a mole. "Otherwise, such rivalries
are not seen," he added.


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