Thursday, August 14, 2003

70 hurt in fresh caste clash in up

LUCKNOW AUGUST 13: A violent clash between members of the Thakur and Dalit communities has left at least 70 persons injured, seven of them seriously, at Tajopur village in Mau district this morning. The Sarai Lakhnashi police said a land dispute led to the clash.

According to Thakurs here, revenue records show they own several hectares of land that the local Dalits claim belong to the Gram Sabha. The issue had been dragged to the court but it took a violent turn on Wednesday morning when several armed men from the Thakur community drove into the disputed land in five tractors and forced the Dalits to leave.

A clash follwed in which at least 70 persons were injured. Seven of them were admitted to BHU in Varansi. The District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police have rushed to the spot.

''I can't contact the district officials because they have not yet returned from the spot,'' state Principal Home Secretary Pradeep Kumar.

Source: The Indian Express, August 14, 2003

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