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Tuesday 31 January 2012

Cops crack down on Dalits to break police station siege

Indian Express
Cops crack down on Dalits to break police station siege

After various rounds of failed meetings with the Dalit agitators that lasted more than 15 hours on Wednesday, the Ahmedabad district police resorted cracked down on the crowd camping at the Sanand police station at the dawn of Republic Day on Thursday.

The police have also lodged FIR against six of them, who were part of the group of Dalit villagers from Rethal camping at the police station with the body of 25-year-old youth, Atul Rathod, who was killed in an attack by a group of people belonging to a different community in the village.

The protesters were demanding immediate arrest of the main accused, identified as Yuvrajsinh Dodiya. After the crackdown on the protesters, however, the police arrested Dodiya.

At 3:30 am on Thursday, hundreds of policemen cordoned off the police station and dragged the villagers out of there. The body was sent to VS hospital in Ahmedabad.

Ahmedabad Range Inspector General G S Malik said the police had to use force since the agitators would not listen to them or the district collector. He, however, said none were injured in the crackdown.

Later, the villagers collected Rathod’s body from the hospital and cremated him in the village amid police deployment.

On Tuesday night, six Dalits were allegedly attacked by Dodiya and his friends in which Rathod died.

Dodiya was reportedly furious after Dalits in the village filed four FIRs against him under the Atrocity Act, alleging he had been beating them up over petty issues.

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