Dalits in Gujarat protest against atrocities committed by cow terrorists; Atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat – 7 youths attempt suicide

July 21, 2016 by  
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Ahmedabad, July 20, 2016: Dalits in Prime Minister Modi’s Gujarat’s Surendranagar protest at district headquarters with dead cows, asking the district magistrate to do last rituals for the cows. They forced the administration to arrest 9 cow-terrorists who thrashed poor dalits for skinning dead cows. Brilliant and successful protest!!

Four Dalit men were chained to a car, stripped and beaten up by cow protection vigilantes in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district, police said on Tuesday.The attack took place on last Monday. A video purportedly recorded by the attackers and shared online shows the four men chained to a car and being beaten with iron rods.

The victims, belonging to a Dalit community at Mota Samadiyara village of Una taluka, claimed that they were skinning an already dead cow, but the six accused said the animal was killed before being skinned, police said.

Atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat – 7 youths attempt suicide

July 21, 2016: The ongoing protests over the brutal assault on some dalits at Una town in Gujarat worsened today as seven more youths attempted suicide with violence and arson spreading to various places in the state.The incidents of suicide bid were reported from districts of Rajkot, Porbandar, Botad and Gir-Somnath.

With fresh incidents, the number of dalits who have attempted to kill themselves in the wake of the thrashing of seven youths by a Hindutva vigilante group for allegedly slaughtering a cow on July 11 has gone up to 17.Dalits had denied killing the animal, contending that they only skinned a dead cow.

In Dhoraji town of Rajkot district, three dalit youths today consumed some poisonous drink, following which they were rushed to a nearby hospital. The trio, identified as Yogesh Solanki, Vinod Solanki and Hitu Chauhan, were shifted to Junagadh civil hospital after their condition deteriorated.In Gondal town in the district, one Mukesh Chavda consumed poison and was admitted to civil hospital.

In Bantwa town of Porbandar district, one Mahesh Rathod allegedly consumed poison, and was rushed to district hospital, police said.

In Una, the place where dalit youths were flogged in a public view sparking the protests, one Raju Parmar tried to kill himself by consuming poison.

A dalit protester Paresh Rathod tried to immolate himself but was saved by police in Botad town.

In the last two days, 10 dalit youths from various places have tried to kill themselves to register their protest.

Yesterday, a policeman was killed in stone-pelting by mob in Amreli town.

The issue has gathered a political steam with the proposed visit of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Una tomorrow and on Friday, respectively.

Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today met the dalit victims’ family at Mota Samadhiyala village in Una tehsil of Gir-Somnath district, and promised them all possible help.

She told the family that her government was taking strict action against the culprits and 16 of them were already arrested, an official release said.

In view of the separate visits by Gandhi and Kejriwal, Patel told reporters that the issue should not be politicised.

Meanwhile, the bandh by Dalit outfits evoked a mixed response even as enraged community members took out rallies in towns and cities, blocking roads, damaging buses and even a train was stopped near Vadhvan in Surendranagar district.

Some parts of Saurashtra and north Gujarat observed total bandh where incidents of stone-pelting, vandalisation of properties, damage to buses and road blockade were witnessed.

The bandh was observed in Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Amreli and some small towns in Saurashtra, and also at Patan town and Aravalli district in North Gujarat.

– persecution.in

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