Friday, July 12, 2002

Six Dalit houses burnt, 3 held

BHAGALPUR: Following a heated exchange of words, six houses belonging to Dalits were reduced to ashes by armed miscreants late on Wednesday evening at Sakhichak Harijan Tola in Bishanpur village under the Shambhuganj police station of Banka district. Two persons also received injuries when the criminals opened fire.

Confirming the incident, Banka SP Jaglal Chowdhary told TNN over phone on Thursday that nearly 20 armed miscreants belonging to a particular upper caste attacked the houses of the Dalits when most of the inmates had gone to see off a girl of their village who had been married early on Monday. He further said that as soon as the police got information, he along with DM and other officials concerned rushed to the spot.

According to the SP, foodgrains and other household items kept in the houses were burnt while two pigs and one goat fell victims to the fire. A case has been registered against the criminals in connection with the incident. Three of the named accused were arrested on Wednesday.

Source: The Times of India, July 12, 2002

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