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Saturday 4 February 2012

Dalits' Houses Set Afire, 8 Held in Rajasthan

Dalits' Houses Set Afire, 8 Held in Rajasthan

PTI | Jodhpur | Feb 01, 2012             

Houses of Dalits were burnt by members of an upper caste at Padasla village in Osian near Jodhpur late last night, after which police arrested 8 persons today in connection with the arson.

The situation turned tense in the village following the incident and people from Dalit community assembled there demanding the earrest of the accused.

According to Richhpal Singh, DSP (Osian), a group of miscreants from the upper caste said to be 20-25 in number barged into the village riding autos, 4-wheelers and two-wheelers at about 11.30 pm on Tuesday and attacked some huts constructed on a land which the assailants claimed to be theirs and set them ablaze.

They also pelted stones on them and fired some shots in the air before fleeing, he said adding one person has sustained minor injuries.

Singh said some people from Dalit community have their huts built on a piece of 2-bigha land.

"Recently, they had constructed a hut on a land adjacent to this land, which when come to the notice of a person from the upper caste, who claimed it to be his land, and he, along with others of his community, came to evict them from the land and set the huts ablaze", the police officer told.

The situation in the village is under control now, he said adding "we have registered case against 19 persons under different sections of IPC including SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act".

According to an official, the issues related to land conflicts are on the rise in the villages, especially in the light of soaring land prices.

"It is very common that a land is registered in the name of some person but inhabited by some other person and that too for years in the villages like in this case. But now, with the price shooting up, those, who have the land registered in their name, are coming to claim such lands", he said adding that taking the advantage of the absence of the documents showing their ownership, miscreants are increasingly claiming such land, which is leading to conflict.

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