Monday, May 28, 2012

Dalits from another village sits on dharna
CHANDIGARH: Two days after 70 dalit families in Haryana left their homes alleging social boycott by upper-caste residents of Bhagana village, dalits from another village held a sit-in protest in Hisar on Wednesday.

Ten dalit families from Dhani Thakriya met superintendent of police Anil Dhawan to complain that they were facing caste-based discrimination after a dispute with people of upper caste over village's common land. On their complaint, police had booked over a dozen persons under the SC/ST Act and also arrested three of them. "We want all the accused arrested," said Mohan, the representative of the protestors.

However, the SP said it was a dispute between two familes belonging to two different castes. "Its not a caste conflict," he said. Even the village sarpanch, who belongs to a dalit family, doesn't agree with the allegations of the agitators, said Dhawan. After meeting the SP, the dalit families left for their village.

However, the 70 dalit families from Bhagana village are still camping in front of the district headquarters. "We will return to the village only after an FIR against members of the upper caste is registered for passing caste-related remarks," announced BSP leader Balraj Satrodia. Meanwhile, the district administration has appointed an investigation officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police to investigate the allegations.

A spokesperson of the administration claimed that about 530 families in the village belonged to backward classes and scheduled castes whereas only 50 families were agitating on the issue.

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