Sunday, September 07, 2003

FIRs lodged against 40 dalits

LUCKNOW: The police have registered a case against 40 Dalits and five others on a court directive, in connection with last month's caste clash at village Tojpur in Mau district.

Forty-nine Dalits had been injured in the clash with Thakurs, over a land dispute on August 13. Initially, the police had refused to lodge a case against the Dalits following the violence which took place, when Mayawati was the chief minister. At that time, the police had arrested 31 of the 39 people, from the upper castes, who were named in another FIR.

Sources said that the cases against the Dalits were registered on September 3, a few days after Mayawati lost power.

Deputy superintendent of Police (DSP) of Mau Arun Kumar, said that they had registered FIR against 40 Dalits and 5 others.

Sources said that Thakurs lodged in jail had moved to the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) for an FIR against the Dalits.

According to the DSP, the Court instructed the police to entertain the complaint and register a case in this connection.

Source: The Times of India, September 7, 2003

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