Thursday, October 09, 2003

Concern over Dalit killing

PATNA: In an emergency meeting on Wednesday two organisations - the Bihar Pariwartan Morcha and All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaj - expressed concern over the killing of a Dalit in Bahera village of Kaimur district.

They said that there was a conspiracy to spread social and communal tension in the country in general and in Bihar in particular.

Referring to the brutal killing of a Dalit by upper caste men for attempting to offer puja to Goddess Durga, the two organisations expressed both anger and surprise that such an incident could occur even after 55 years of independence.

"According to newspaper reports the upper caste people were not against taking donations from the Dalits for the Puja but they did not allow them to offer prayer to the Goddess," they said and added, "as many as seven Dalits and backward Muslims have been killed in Kaimur district alone during the last six months which is a matter of grave concern." They also congratulated the people of Ara for restoring communal amity. Those who attended the meet included Prem Kumar Mani, Ali Anwar and Uday Kant Chaudhary.

Source: The Times of India, October 9, 2003

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