Saturday, September 21, 2002

Over 30 injured in mob-police clash in Jaipur

JAIPUR: Over 30 people, including 20 policemen, were injured when agitated upper caste people clashed with police and in the subsequent firing following Dalits' plan to enter a temple which was thwarted by the upper castes' protest in Jaipur district on Saturday, an official spokesman said.

The injured included a superintendent of police, he said. About 2000 Dalits took out a march from Chaksu town to Chakwara village in Phagi tehsil, about 40 km from here, protesting against the alleged denial of their entry into a temple pond and wanted to make a forcible entry, the spokesman said.

However, they dispersed peacefully after police stopped the march at Bhojpura village and informed them that the administration has refused permission for them to go to Chakwara where upper castes were holding a 'Wzrarm Dhuni' inside the Vishwanath temple, he said.

Meanwhile, a group of upper caste people who gathered on the Phagi road turned violent and threw stones on the police prompting them to open fire, the spokesman said. Twenty 20 police personnel, including SP (Rural) Liaqat Ali, were injured and a vehicle damaged in the stone pelting, while 12 people received bullet injuries in police firing, he said. Earlier reports had quoted Home Minister Gulab Singh Shatawat as saying that 32 people were injured in a clash between Dalits and police.

Source: The Times of India, September 21, 2002

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