Thursday, June 05, 2003

Curfew in Jalandhar, 3 Dalits injured

Thursday, June 5, 2003 (Jalandhar):

Three Dalits have been seriously injured following clashes in the Talhan village in the Jalandhar district of Punjab.

There has been tension for the last six months between the dominant Jat community and Dalits over a local gurdwara.

The Jat community had boycotted the Dalits after they wanted to pray at the gurdwara.

Despite an appeal from the ruling Congress party, the deadlock continued and the Dalits went on a dharna in the village demanding that they be allowed to enter the gurudwara. The police were forced to lathi charge the Dalit protestors today.

Source: NDTV, June 5, 2003

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